Police Team Up with Local Supermarket after Number of Vehicles Stolen Whilst De-Icing Continues to Climb

Officers are teaming up with a Middlesbrough Tesco store to ask “Is it worth the risk?” as the number of vehicles being stolen whilst left unattended to de-ice .....


..... across Cleveland continues to climb.

The Coulby Newham store in the Parkway Shopping Centre will display posters in its petrol station and around the store close to the aisle with the car accessories and de-icer spray, reminding people not to leave their vehicles unattended with the engine running as the cold weather continues.

So far this year, there have been thirteen thefts of vehicles which were left unattended in the icy weather across Cleveland. Police have issued a number of warnings and reminders to members of the public, however, several thefts have been reported.

Two further thefts of vehicles took place under the same circumstances this morning, Wednesday 24th February, on Woodrow Avenue in Marton, Middlesbrough, and Cranwell Grove in Thornaby.

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), Rob Brooks, said: “With the icy weather set to continue over the coming days, it is important that people are made aware that there are thieves are out there looking for vehicles to steal. Many people think that it won’t happen to them, but we are seeing around two cars a week being stolen due to them being left unattended to de-ice.

“Obviously, the fact that keys are being left in these vehicles may also mean that your insurance could be invalid and therefore people could be left thousands of pounds out of pocket. De-icing a car takes a matter of minutes but a thief can take just seconds to steal one. It’s worth getting out of bed a few minutes earlier to stand by your vehicle as it defrosts. Ask yourself, is it worth the risk?”