High value and performance cars have been stolen from the Falkirk area after cunning thieves used fishing rods to hook the keys from the owners’ homes.
The cars, worth tens of thousands of pounds, were taken from the Callander Rise area of Redding and the Lionthorn estate near Hallglen after being targeted by the thieves.
The vehicles taken included an Audi A3, Audi A4, Audi Q5 and a Landrover. The Landrover was recovered on Monday in the Strathclyde area.
Chief Inspector Mandy Paterson, Falkirk Area Commander, has warned car owners not to leave their keys in plain sight or near the front door of their homes.
She said: “The victims appear to have left their car keys in clear view, often in the front porch area of the house.
“Keys appear to have been stolen using a fishing rod-type implement to hook the keys.
“Don’t become a victim of this type of crime. Make sure you keep your keys in a safe place, out of sight. Where possible, keep your car garaged at night and, if you see anyone acting suspiciously, day or night, then contact us on 101.”
One victim, who asked to remain anonymous, said the keys for his Audi were not left in sight and is concerned the thieves are “casing” homes in the area.
He said: “Our keys were not near our front door when they were taken. It’s obvious these people are casing houses and targeting them.”
A co-ordinated investigation into the targeted thefts is being led by staff from Police Scotland’s Criminal Investigation Department, headed by DI Graeme Hendry.
The Chief Inspector added: “We are progressing a number of lines of enquiry, with additional patrols, including plain clothes foot patrols and night-time road checks to tackle this issue.
“Although it has a cost implication, a vehicle which is fitted with the tracker system assists police with the recovery of stolen vehicles.”
Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.