POLICE are urging delivery drivers not to give thieves an easy ride by leaving the keys in their vehicles, even for a few moments.
The reminder comes after a car full of parcels was stolen from the Killamarsh area as the driver dropped off a package at a nearby property.
The theft took place at around 11.30am on Friday, November 11 after the driver left the keys in the ignition.
The stolen car, a Ford Focus, has not yet been recovered.
Police and community safety officers are reminding motorists, and particularly delivery drivers, to always secure vehicles even if you are only away from them for a few moments.
Inspector Michelle Shooter, who is responsible for policing in north east Derbyshire, said: “It only takes a few seconds to steal a van so please take the keys out of the ignition and lock your vehicle.”
Cllr Lillian Robinson, Chair of the North East Derbyshire Community Safety Partnership, added: “There will be an increasing amount of drivers delivering goods in the run up to Christmas and I would urge all motorists to remain vigilant and security conscious.”
Police would like to speak to anyone who may have been in the Killamarsh area at the time of the theft and saw it taking place.
Anyone with information is asked to call Derbyshire police on 101, the new non-emergency number, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
For more crime prevention advice visit the Derbyshire police website www.derbyshire.police.uk.