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Friday, 23 October 2020

Spate of ‘keyless’ car thefts in West Bridgford

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Police report that ‘numerous’ cars have been stolen in West Bridgford where the owners remain in possession of the keys. 

A spokesperson said:

‘Over the past week we have received numerous reports of overnight theft of vehicles where the victim is still in possession of their vehicle keys, including their spare.

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‘It is suspected, although not confirmed that these vehicle may have been stolen using a method known as “Relay Car Theft” (see illustration)

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‘We 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.

For info from The Wire – below:

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