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Sunday, 24 January 2021

Car stolen in West Bridgford in suspected key cloning incident

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Overnight a 17 plate BMW 520D Luxury Auto Estate was stolen from Chaworth Road, West Bridgford.

This is another theft where the victim is still in possession of both sets of keys, and it is therefore suspected the vehicle was taken by means of “Relay Car Theft” (see illustration) where the identity of your key inside is cloned from the outside, allowing access and means of starting the vehicle.

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Police recommend the following advice and guidance if you own a keyless entry vehicle:
Contact your dealer and talk about the digital features in your car.

Have there been any software updates you can take advantage of?

Check if your keyless entry fob can be turned off. If it can, and your dealer can also confirm this, then do so overnight.

Store your keys away from household entry points. Keeping your keyless entry fob out of sight is not enough – thieves only need to gain proximity to the key to amplify the signal.

Be vigilant. Keep an eye out for suspicious activity in your neighbourhood – and report anything unusual to the Police.

Review your car security. Check for aftermarket security devices such as mechanical locks and trackers, which are proven to deter thieves.