Manchester United player Paul Scholes had his 4x4 Chevrolet Captiva stolen from his driveway yesterday as he defrosted the windscreen.
According to the stolen vehicle recovery company Tracker, the thieves pounced after the Old Trafford player left his engine running to melt the ice while he went back indoors.
This type of theft is known as ‘frost-jacking’, as thieves look out for anyone who has left their car running while it warms up.
RACKER warns that leaving the car unattended on a frosty morning leaves it vulnerable to opportunistic thieves and has published this useful advice.
TRACKER’s Winter Security Advice
- Never leave the keys in the ignition, even if you are just stopping quickly
- Never leave your car running unattended when de-icing
- Always lock and secure your vehicle
- Don’t leave belongings on show, lock them in the boot or take them with you
- Do not leave technology items on display, such as satnavs, mobile telephones or DVD players. Take them with you or lock them in the boot.
- Never leave car documents or spare keys inside the car – this only makes it easier for thieves to sell it on
- Keep doors locked and windows up when driving
- Park in busy or well-lit and attended car parks near CCTV cameras
- If you have a garage, use it to park your car
- At home, don’t keep keys in a place where they can be seen or accessed from outside