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Car Key Burglaries

Alert message sent 31/03/2019 14:51:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

Car key or "vamoose" burglaries often happen when car keys are left next to an open door or window of a building or, in some extreme cases, when thieves have put a long stick or fishing rod through letterboxes to hook the car keys and make off with the vehicle.

In extreme cases, thieves place an implement through the letterbox to pull down on the door handle (UPVC doors) from inside and then enter the property to remove the car keys.


  • Where possible, park your car in a garage.
  • If you can't park your car in a garage, park your car in a well-lit area – either on your driveway, or on the road under a street lamp.
  • Make sure that your vehicle is properly dead-locked and that the alarm and immobiliser is fully activated.
  • If your car does not already have an alarm or immobiliser, consider having a Thatcham approved product fitted. 
  • Lock all car windows and doors.
  • Keep car keys out of sight, if possible in a lockable cupboard or chest of drawers within the house, or take the keys with you when you leave your home.
  • Consider installing a letterbox deflector.
  • Ensure that your front door is locked correctly (lift handle and turn key if UPVC door).
  • If keys have been taken, change car locks immediately.

Romsey East Neighbourhood Team

Message sent by
Emily Odell (Police, PCSO, Test Vaelly District)

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