The owner of a Ford Ka hatchback parked on the forecourt of the former Robert Smith Garage on Windsor Road, Penarth, seems to have devised the ultimate car-theft deterrent.
Any car parked directly opposite Penarth Police station should surely already be safe enough – but in this case nothing seems to have been left to chance.
Amongst the precautions taken is the removal of all four wheels – leaving the vehicle propped-up on breeze blocks. For good measure a rear bumper and registration plate have also been removed.
The former Robert Smith car dealership moved to Cardiff in May 2014 and the vehicles parked outside are understood to have nothing to do with that firm.
The building belongs to the Ludlow Street Investments – part of the Ludlow Street Healthcare Group – a Cardiff-based 1,000 employee company named by its founder after Ludlow Street, Penarth which already has planning permission to change the use of the former car showroom to retailing.