Police want to speak to these men following car key theft in Mapperley

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Police have today issued CCTV images and footage featuring a group of men they want to speak to following a series of car key burglaries across the area- including one in Mapperley

A number of police forces from across the Midlands and Yorkshire are working together targeting car key burglaries.

The burglary in Mapperley took place on April 11.

Properties in Sherwood and Sherwood were also among those targeted.

In each incident suspects have broken into homes to steal car keys before taking vehicles from drives.

The video clip issued today shows men peering through the downstairs window of a home in Caunton.

The incident took place at around 2pm on April 30 .

The men, filmed from a camera within the property, hide their faces after realising they’d been caught on camera. Nothing was taken from the address.

Nottinghamshire Police is working closely with Derbyshire Police, Lincolnshire Police, South Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Police to identify offenders and bring them to justice as part of ‘Operation Ignite’.

The joint operation follows the creation of two new dedicated Nottinghamshire Police burglary teams which are concentrating their efforts on tackling and reducing burglary in the city and county.

Detective Inspector Steve Wragg, who leads the county burglary team, said: “We’re appealing to the public to help us identify those involved in a large number of car key burglaries and associated burglaries.

“We’ve identified 12 burglaries in Nottinghamshire which we’re connecting and which have been captured under the heading of Operation Ignite.

“Operation Ignite does identify that offences have been committed by the same organised crime group across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire and North Yorkshire.

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“It’s very likely that the persons pictured with this appeal do not live in Nottinghamshire but are more likely to live in one of our surrounding Force areas.”

DI Wragg added: “We’re asking the public to be vigilant as we know the vast majority of burglaries are preventable as they are often opportunistic.

“Make sure your front and back doors and windows are locked even when you’re in and never leave your car keys on show through a window when not using them.

Do not leave them in locks, on the window ledges or kitchen/hall tables and never on a hook behind the door or in reach of a letterbox or cat flap.

“If possible park your vehicle in a garage. If you have to park it 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 that nothing of value is left in it – such as tools, laptops, or money.

“If you have gates securing your driveway area make sure you keep them closed and locked.”

We’re urging anyone who recognises any of the people in our CCTV pictures and clip to call us on 101 (quoting incident number 405 of 30 April for the Caunton incident) or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For more advice on how to keep your property safe visit http://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice/prevention

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