POLICE plan to help car owners thwart thieves in crime hot-spots - by sending them a cut-price crook-lock offer.
Officers in Calderdale are writing to 50 people with older cars who live in crime hot-spot areas.
These are generally easier to steal than newer ones that have in-built security systems such as immobilisers.
They are being given the chance to buy steering wheel locks for just £10 - a fraction of the usual £65.
Chief Insp Bill Hall, head of community safety at Calderdale police, said: "Any money received will automatically go back into the pot to buy more locks so hopefully the scheme can be extended further.
"Vehicles are made with a good standard of security, but over the years things like locks and door catches will inevitably become worn, making older vehicles more vulnerable to attack from thieves.
"So we have a whole new generation of older cars that are easy to steal and that's why motorists have to follow crime prevention advice and use anti-theft devices."
"We do whatever it takes to cut car crime in Calderdale, but we need motorists' help.
"Thieves hate any kind of security device. These steering wheel locks will act as a visual and physical deterrent."