Car crooks pounce as cold motors warm up

Feature on Speeding cars in Dunchurch
Feature on Speeding cars in Dunchurch

TWO motorists discovered their vehicles had vanished from outside their homes when they left their cars unattended while the engines were running.

Thieves took their chance when a blue Volvo was left to warm up on a driveway in Warners End Road during a cold snap on Saturday, January 14.

The car was taken between 4.40pm and 4.46pm and later found by police abandoned in Park Hill Road, Hemel Hempstead.

Another vehicle was taken the following day from outside a home in Turner Court, Berkhamsted, when its owner, who was carrying out some work on the car, popped inside his home for a matter of minutes.

The blue Peugeot 406 was snatched between 5.45pm and 6pm on Sunday, January 15.

It was later found in The Front, Potten End.

Police have once again urged drivers not to leave their vehicles unattended when the engine is running.

Herts Constabulary issued advice during the recent cold snap, when some trusting motorists leave their vehicles running to allow the engine to heat up to help clear the windscreen of frost.

Police advice says: “Be smart – stay with your vehicle and never leave it unattended with the keys in the ignition, even for a second, when de-icing the windows.

“Thieves are opportunistic – don’t give them a free ride.

Extra motoring advice and how to register goods such as sat navs, so that they can easily be returned to owners if stolen and later recovered by police, is available at

> Two people have been arrested in connection with the Berkhamsted theft. A 35-year-old man from Kings Langley and a 35-year-old woman from Berkhamsted have been bailed by police until February 4.