Huddersfield's Det Insp Mark Truelove with the latest crime news from your area.
THEY are the envy of their owners, parked up on driveways across Huddersfield.
But it seems those gleaming cars are also a prime target for burglars.
The new breed of house-breaker wants to break into a house to steal one thing – the keys to the expensive motor sitting outside.
And there has been a spate of the so-called “Hanoi” burglaries across Kirklees in recent weeks.
The burglaries are called Hanoi after Operation Hanoi, the first to crack down on this sort of crime.
Police have pointed to similarities in each case, stating the vehicles stolen were often high-powered, expensive performance cars.
The thieves get into homes and look specifically for the car keys, knowing they are getting away with something worth many thousands of pounds.
I would like to take this opportunity to offer you advice on how to avoid becoming a victim of burglary – particularly in relation to burglaries committed with the sole intention of forcing entry into your home to steal car keys.
Many modern cars can now only be driven away and stolen using the keys.
Whilst we do everything we can to prevent this offence taking place by regularly patrolling the community, monitoring known offenders and other means, there are a few very simple precautions you can take that will significantly reduce the likelihood of you becoming a victim of this crime.
If you have a garage please try to use it. It may be convenient to store other household/garden items in a garage, but clearly a valuable vehicle in a locked garage is more secure than one on a drive or road.
Do not leave car keys where they can be seen through the letter box or a window – a burglar will not hesitate to smash a window to quickly obtain keys if they think the opportunity to do so is there.
Put keys away out of sight in a drawer or cabinet.
Thieves actually open letter boxes and use canes or even fishing rods to hook keys from vulnerable visible positions in your home.
Ensure that you keep your home locked and secure at all times. The majority of burglaries take place through an open door or window. This is very common during the summer months.
If you are burgled and the offender has gained access to your property through an insecure door or window, you may have difficulty making any claim against your insurance policy.
If you follow these simple steps, you will reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of a burglary simply to steal your car – remember, your car keys are as valuable as the car.