Warning as burglars target homes in area to steal cars

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residents are being offered home visits by police in a bid to boost security following an increase in “Hanoi “burglaries.

Police have warned that burglaries where thieves break into home to steal car keys are on the rise in Thorne and Moorends..

Now officers are offering security checks to homeowners to prevent them falling victim to the crime. Often raiders target high value cars such as BMWs, Audis and Land Rovers.

Pc Ivor Green, of the Thorne and Moorends Safer Neighbourhood Team, said thieves were having to break into homes to steal keys because the security systems of vehicles were now so sophisticated.

Speaking at a Police and Communities Together meeting at Moorends Miners’ Welfare, he said: “Hanoi burglaries are on the rise.

“As a result of car security getting better criminals are having to become more sophisticated and find ways around this.

“This has resulted in a rise in burglaries where criminals break into the home to steal car keys and then take the vehicle.

“The cars are often found damaged and abandoned.”

Pc Green said measures people could take to help combat this included making sure keys were not left near to the door.

He added: “If people want us to visit them we can help them with home security if necessary.”

Residents were also warned that push bike thefts were on the rise.

Officers would be visiting schools to promote a bike register scheme where a special pen is used to brand the bike so it is more easily traceable.Residents were also urged to take advantage of the free scheme.

Pc Green said: “Patterns of crime come and go and at the minute we have one or two notable criminals who are out of prison and we are making sure they either go straight or go straight back to prison it will be one of the two.”

Anti-social behaviour in West Road, Moorends and Finkle Street and Horse Fair Green in Thorne was listed as a top priority.