‘Be aware’: Driver warning issued after car thefts – all vehicles ‘can be a target’

What Car? gives warning to drivers on keyless vehicle safety

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Birkdale, near Liverpool, saw two car thefts in one night last week, with Merseyside Police sending a warning to drivers about the safety of their vehicles. Both cars had keyless entry and ignition, with the thieves stealing the car without the need of their fobs.

Thieves use devices such as relay boxes to scan and bounce the signal off the fob from inside the house to the device.

This device is then used to unlock the car and start the engine, allowing the criminals to drive off.

Sefton Police posted on the Facebook page, saying: “We are investigating the thefts of two cars that took place overnight in Birkdale Thursday 14 to Friday 15 October.

“Both cars were keyless ignition cars and were stolen without the fobs.

“This suggests that the thieves were able to scan for the signal from the fob to steal the vehicles.

“Thieves often leave stolen cars parked up a short distance away from the original location in case trackers are attached to the vehicle.

“So if you notice unusual cars parked up in car parks or places where you don’t recognise the vehicle, it is always worth reporting the car to us in case it happens to be a stolen car.

“High value and prestige cars have always been targets for thieves/burglars. Criminals target cars themselves and also any items of value left inside them, like handbags, wallets, tools and Sat Navs.”

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The police also advised drivers to follow guidelines to protect their cars from being stolen in the future.

They urged drivers to double check that the vehicle is locked every time they leave it, saying those with keyless entry can protect themselves further.

They wrote: “Get in the habit of clicking the lock on the fob TWICE to ‘deadlock’ the doors.

“Keep your keys out of sight once you have locked your vehicle.

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