£38,000 Merc stolen and two VW Golfs worth £26,000 - police warning about leaving car keys on show

The Westmorland Gazette: Police warning after car keys taken in two South Lakes burglaries over the weekend Police warning after car keys taken in two South Lakes burglaries over the weekend

POLICE are urging residents to make sure their homes are secure after cars were stolen during burglaries from two South Lakes properties on Saturday.

The first burglary occurred at a property at Lower Abbotsgate, Kirkby Lonsdale. Offenders forced entry to the property at around 4am and stole a wallet, a set of car keys and a Mercedes.

The car is valued at around £38,000.

The second was from a property on Castle Road, Kendal. Sometime between 12am and 8am on the thieves entered the property through an unlocked door, stole three sets of keys and two VW Golf vehicles. The cars are valued at around £13,000 collectively.   

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Sergeant Mick Dodd said: “We ask that members of the public take the matter of securing their property seriously in order to prevent them being a victim of crime.

"Simple steps like making sure that all windows and doors are locked overnight significantly increase the chance that you will not be burgled.

“We also ask that you don’t leave expensive equipment or keys in view. Thieves are opportunists and given the chance they will not think twice about stealing from you.”

Anyone with any information into the two burglaries is asked to contact Police on 101 and ask to speak to Sergeant Mick Dodd.

Police said they are not linking the two offences at this time.

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