Falkirk motoriests warned not to leave a running car unguarded

Cars shouldn't be left unguarded while they are being de-iced

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Motorists have been warned to be on their guard after a spate of car thefts.

Unsuspecting drivers who left their engines running while their vehicles defrosted during the recent cold spell were robbed by opportunist thieves.

Three vehicles were stolen in the Denny area last week.

Now police are making a special plea, urging owners to be vigilant.

On December 8 a 63-plate white Nissan Qashqai was stolen from Montrose Way, Dennyloanhead.

Then around 7.30 a.m. on Friday, December 12, a white 63-plate Ford Transit was taken from Laurel Place, Banknock. It was later recovered in nearby Hoggan Place, Longcroft.

Around 15 minutes later a 51-plate silver Mini Cooper was taken from Glen View, Dennyloanhead. It was later found in the Cumbernauld area.

Inspector John Kellett said: “It only takes a few seconds for someone to gain access and drive your car away. Do not make life easy for them by leaving the keys in the ignition and the engine running.

“Not only will you have lost your vehicle but there may be insurance implications under these circumstances.”

Anyone with information about any of these thefts is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, anonymously if they wish.