Police Connect - Keyless entry vehicle thefts
Keyless theft of a vehicle occurs when criminals use a transmitter to amplify the signal being emitted from the genuine key inside the owner’s house to reach the vehicle outside. This allows it to be unlocked and driven away in seconds. Several makes of vehicle have been stolen in this way, but between October 2018 and April 2019, nearly 70 Mercedes Sprinter vans were stolen using this method across Norfolk and Suffolk.
There are steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of this theft:
- In the house, store keys away from accessible doors and windows, inside a Faraday bag (search RFID security at www.securedbydesign.com for details of police preferred specification products) or at least in a metal tin.
- It may be possible to disable the keyless entry function. Check your owner manual or seek advice from your local dealer if required.
- Use physical security measures such as steering wheel locks or wheel clamps to compliment your vehicles own security (www.soldsecure.com)
- Ensure that basic security measures, such as checking the doors and windows are secure, are always done.
- Where possible, park vehicles within secure compounds covered by CCTV.
If you see or hear anything suspicious, please call police immediately on 999.
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Police Connect Team