Owners of an Audi model have been issued a warning from police after two car key burglaries.
Officers are linking raids in St Ives in which someone broke into two homes, stole the car keys and made off with their luxury cars.
The cars are high-performance Audi S4s and are worth thousands of pounds. Prices start at £45,000 for a new Audi S4.
The first raid happened in Great Farthing Close between 11.30am on Sunday, June 10, and 9.15pm the following day.
A police spokesman said: “In this offence, unknown offenders have broken in to the rear of the property and have stolen a set of car keys.
“They have made off in the victim’s vehicle, a black Audi S4. A set of King Cobra Golf clubs was also taken. It appears that the target of this offence was the high performance car.”
Drama in second raid
The spokesman said: “Residents are advised that there has been a further car key burglary in St Ives.
“At just before 1.45am on Wednesday, June 13, offenders forced the rear door of a property in Endersby’s Warf, off London Road.
“This has awoken the victims who have challenged the offenders before they have taken car keys and have stolen a blue Audi S4 Quattro.
“Whilst the investigation is in its very early stages, given that the same type of vehicle was targeted in both offences, it is likely that the two offences are linked.”
The spokesman added: “If you believe that you may have seen this vehicle, or if you have private CCTV that may have captured the offenders or have been offered golf clubs for sale in suspicious circumstances, please get in touch on 101 quoting crime reference 35/5270/18.
“Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Having your vehicle stolen can be very upsetting and have a major impact on your daily routine – getting to work, dropping kinds off at school or running a business.
“Vehicles that are particularly targeted are those that are performance and often high value by manufacturers such as Audi, BMW and Volkswagen.
How to minimise the risk of becoming a victim
- If you have a garage, don’t use it as a storage area, clear it out and keep your vehicle secure inside it.
- If you park your vehicle on your driveway or on the street, consider using additional security devices, make sure the area is well lit, ensure the vehicle is secure and there is nothing of value left inside. i.e tools, money, navigational equipment.
- If you have gates securing your driveway area, make sure you keep them closed and locked.
- If your vehicle doesn’t already have one, consider getting a professionally fitted car alarm, immobiliser or tracker installed. Never leave your car keys on show through a window when not using them. Don’t leave them in locks, on window ledges or kitchen tables. Also, avoid hooking them behind the door in reach of a letter box or cat flap.