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Keyless entry car thefts on rise
Owners of cars with keyless entry systems are being told to stay vigilant by Cheshire Police after a rise in the number of thefts of these vehicles.
Criminals are starting to exploit some vulnerabilities of this system – allowing them to drive the car away without having to break into a home to get a key.
Nicola Dolan, detective constable, said: “Keyless entry systems on cars offer convenience to drivers, but can in some situations can be exploited by car thieves.
“We are doing all we can to tackle the issue but we need the continued support of motorists to help drive down this type of crime.
“By assessing your current security measures and taking a few simple steps you can help to reduce the chances of your vehicle being targeted.”
Drivers are urged to:
• Contact your dealer for further information and guidance regarding 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.
• Think about how you store your key at home. Keeping your keyless entry fob out of sight is not enough – thieves only need to get near to the key to amplify the signal. Drivers are urged to keep both sets of keys in a container or pouch which blocks the signal from the fob.
• Review your car security – consider additional security devices such as mechanical locks and trackers.
Anyone with any information about vehicle crime is urged to Cheshire Police on 101.