A MAJOR campaign is being launched to raise awareness of car key burglary and provide vehicle owners with crime preventative advice.
Several areas across Burton will be targeted as part of an effort by Staffordshire Police to try and reduce the levels of car key burglaries in the area.
A spokesman for the force told the Mail: “Thieves now place a greater emphasis on stealing the keys rather than forcing the ignition.
“They are resorting to elaborate ways of getting hold of keys to steal high value vehicles, including removing keys through letter-boxes with ‘hook and cane’ fishing.
“Offenders are also gaining entry to properties via insecure doors and windows and many are breaking their way in.
“Posters and postcards are being distributed to local households to advise owners of high value and highly sought after vehicles to take extra precautions, helping them to limit the chances of becoming a victim of car key burglary.
“We urge householders to be vigilant and report anyone acting suspiciously to us via our non-emergency number 101, or in an emergency 999.”
Throughout next week, police will be releasing details about how to combat the problems and the worst hit areas in the town.