There has been yet another opportunist car theft in Penarth – in which a thief or thieves have walked into an occupied house and pinched the keys of a car parked outside.
In this latest incident, on Tuesday this week (August 7th) a car was stolen from outside a house in Cwrt-y-Vil Road – even though there was someone at home at the time.
Police have yet to reveal details about the theft. With modern car immobilising systems now so secure, thieves have to obtain the ignition keys somehow in order to steal any vehicle.
The Cwrt y Vil Road raid follows a spate of similar so-called “hall table ignition key thefts” in Penarth in April when 2 top-of-the-range cars were stolen from a house Plymouth Road Penarth by thieves who entered the victim’s house at the rear .
Police say car owners in Penarth should keep the ignition keys of their cars out of sight in their homes – and not leave them anywhere where they can be easily found.
Detective Sergeant Chris Warner of South Wales Police has already advised local householders “to minimise the risk of falling victim to this type of burglar, I’d recommend keeping all keys out of view – ideally taking keys, handbags etc, upstairs when going to bed – and away from windows, doors and catflaps.”