Police are issuing winter crime prevention and safety advice to motorists de-icing their vehicles.
In previous years cars have been stolen from driveways after being left unattended with the engine running to de-ice the vehicle while the owner has gone back into the house.
With weather forecasters predicting a colder snap police want to make sure motorists are ahead of the game and fully prepared.
T/Superintendent Sarah Pitt said: “We’ve been experiencing some unseasonably mild weather recently and there hasn’t really been the need for people to de-ice their vehicles, however, with weather forecasters predicting a colder snap for this week it is timely for us to remind people to be careful when de-icing their vehicle.
“It may seem unbelievable but in the past we have had cases where cars have been stolen from someone’s driveway after they’ve gone out started the car and then left it with the engine running to warm up and de-ice while they’ve popped back into the house.
“Unfortunately, car thieves are wise to this and will be out and about looking for these opportunities where they can quickly jump in a car and drive off in it in a matter of minutes before the owner has even realised it’s gone.”
“Ideally, we would encourage people to switch the engine off while they’re outside of the vehicle,” she added.