The increasing levels of complexity of anti-theft devices has forced criminals to find other ways of making off with their desired vehicle, most commonly by relying on our relaxed way of stashing the car keys at the end of the day. The habit of leaving the car keys lying on a kitchen table or simply tossed in a top drawer is prompting car thieves to become experts at getting into your home. An added bonus for them is that, once they have the keys, they can drive away in an undamaged car.
The police are urging drivers to use more common sense when it comes to car keys. For Impreza drivers the advice is a little more radical.
Traffic police officer Mark Crozier, of West Midlands Constabulary, said: 'One of our biggest problems now involves the theft of ignition keys from homes or public places. Getting the keys makes life a lot easier for the thief. For a start, the car is a lot easier to drive away, but the fact that the vehicle is undamaged is the real bonus because it is worth more money when it is moved on.
'We're trying hard to educate people to take more care of their car keys. I would urge anyone not to leave them on a table in the hallway at home because they can be hooked by a fishing rod poked through the letterbox.
He added: 'Because the Subaru Impreza is now one of the most popular getaway cars for criminals in the West Midlands, we'd recommend anyone who owns one to consider sleeping with the keys under their pillow in future.'