Drivers warned of Hanoi burglaries
Those with motor insurance cover have been urged to take action to avoid being a victim of a 'Hanoi burglary'.
Police have tabled the term for cases where thieves have broken into a property, taken a homeowner's car keys and proceeded to steal the subsequent vehicle.
Forces in Ripponden, West Yorkshire, have had to deal with two such burglaries in the last week alone.
As a result, people on the Upper Valley neighbourhood policing team have given tips so that more car insurance policyholders do not need to be caught up in this criminal activity.
Dean McIntyre, detective inspector at Calderdale Police's tasking unit, advised: "There are plenty of simple steps motorists can take to prevent becoming a victim of Hanoi-style burglaries.
"These include parking your car in a garage if possible, keeping car keys out of view and easy reach, locking doors and windows, and using a wheel clamp."
Drivers in West Mercia recently participated in Operation Decibel, a scheme which targeted car key theft and helped bring down crime in the region.
Posted by Michael Brown
13 Oct 2011