Car keys stolen from houses in West Sussex

VEHICLE owners in the Horsham area are being reminded to keep their keys in a safe place after burglars steal residents’ cars.

A black Vauxhall Vectra and a black Mini Cooper were stolen after burglars forced open the front door of a house in Sycamore Avenue, Horsham and stole the car keys.

Police say the break-in took place between January 6 and January 12, whilst the family were abroad.

Another burglary happened at an address in Crawley yesterday (January 12).

The suspects broke in through an unlocked door at about 2.30am and stole keys to a black Mini Cooper, which the owners discovered was missing.

The third burglary took place in the early hours of yesterday morning in Haywards Heath.

The owner of a red Audi A3 heard a noise at about 1am which he thought was a car, but he did not investigate any further.

Just before 7am he saw the car was missing and when police arrived at the scene they saw that the front door had been prised open despite being locked.

Detective Sergeant Sian Harding, from the North Downs burglary team, said: “We don’t want to unduly alarm people but this is a timely reminder to keep vehicle keys out of sight at all times, even in your own home.

“Make sure that you secure your property and don’t leave car keys in obvious places such as handbags, jacket pockets, hooks or where they might be seen by a potential burglar looking into your house through windows.

“Investigations into the burglaries are continuing, and at this time they are being linked.

“If anyone has any information about any of the crimes, or saw anything suspicious in the area at the time the offences were committed, then we would ask them to contact police on 0845 60 70 999, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”