Motorist urges others to keep their cars in sight after falling victim to car theft (From Northwich Guardian)
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Motorist urges others to keep their cars in sight after falling victim to car theft
A NORTHWICH motorist is urging people to keep their cars secure and in sight after she fell victim to a rare form of theft.
The Leftwich resident, who does not wish to be named, was shocked to find her 51 plate red Vauxhall Corsa had been stolen from outside of her house.
Police believe the theft occurred between 5pm on Saturday, September 7 and 3am on Sunday, September 8.
The owner said: “They pushed my car to the top of the hill and hot-wired it.
“They took it onto the bypass, ran it off the road and set fire to it.
“The police managed to recover it but it’s an utter write off.”
The 20-year-old believes her car was chosen because of its age as she understands her Corsa is one of the last models of cars were ‘hot-wiring’ is possible.
She added: “It is a crime that is really hard to fight.
“They burn all of the evidence.
“It is just wasting police time as there are better things they can be dealing with than this.”
Although she doesn’t believe the offenders will be caught, she is keen to make others aware of what happened in a bid to stop others falling victim to the same crime.
She said: “I just want people to be aware.
“I’ve put it on Facebook, just to tell people to keep an eye on their vehicles.
“I don’t think they will catch them but I want other people to be aware that this kind of thing is going on and to help them and just to tell them to keep an eye out really.”
PC Frank Lea, of Northwich NPU, said: “These type of thefts are rare and tend to occur to older cars as the security systems are less sophisticated than modern cars.
“There was not much the owner could do on this occasion, the car was secure and the driver’s door was ‘jemmied’ open by using a crowbar or something similar.”
If you have any information, or want to report a similar crime, call Northwich Police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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