‘Frost jacking’ alert for drivers
POLICE ISSUE WARNING AS THIEVES POUNCE AFTER CARS LEFT UNATTENDED
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.