‘Frost jack­ing’ alert for driv­ers

PO­LICE IS­SUE WARN­ING AS THIEVES POUNCE AF­TER CARS LEFT UNAT­TENDED

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By ASHLIE BLAKEY [email protected] @ash­lieblakey

PO­LICE have is­sued a warn­ing to driv­ers af­ter a num­ber of cars were stolen while de­frost­ing.

A num­ber of ve­hi­cles have been stolen af­ter mo­torists left them unat­tended.

Driv­ers have been warned that their in­sur­ance could be in­valid if their car is pinched while the en­gine is run­ning and they’re in the house.

As the cold snap con­tin­ues, there has been a spate of thefts through­out the re­gion by op­por­tunis­tic thieves.

In Traf­ford South, of­fi­cers posted on the force Face­book page: “Good Morn­ing, it’s a cold start to today, please leave ex­tra time to de­frost your ve­hi­cles but please don’t leave it unat­tended.

“We’ve al­ready had a num­ber of ve­hi­cles stolen this morn­ing af­ter driv­ers have left the en­gine run­ning while it is left to de­frost.”

The High­way Code states that parked ve­hi­cles should not be left unat­tended while their en­gines are run­ning on a pub­lic road.

Mo­torists caught do­ing this could be hit with a fine.

De­frost­ing your ve­hi­cle and leav­ing it unat­tended on your drive­way isn’t an of­fence but could be a costly mis­take if it’s stolen and the in­sur­ance com­pany won’t pay out.

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