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Break-in and theft from Keyless Vehicle

Alert message sent 01/03/2019 12:16:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch

Many vehicles today are "Keyless", meaning that the owner only has to have the Remote Control in reasonable proximity to the vehicle to be able to enter and start it.
This has an added and unwanted side effect that enables a criminal with suitable equipment to detect the code of your device and then open and steal items inside the vehicle or even the vehicle itself. In Basingstoke this is a particularly common crime, especially with the more upmarket vehicles, such as BMW, Audi, Mercedes etc. Currently steering wheels and even complete dashboards are being stolen, most likely to order by professional thieves.

We have always asked drivers to physically check the doors on all vehicles when locking them. Please don't just rely on the flashing lights to assume that the vehicle is locked. Please physically check all windows and doors are closed and locked, and don't leave anything on view inside the vehicle as this can be a temptation to a potential thief.

With "Keyless" vehicles, even taking the keys upstairs when you go to bed, is no guarantee of safety as yet another resident found this week. We recommend that all such drivers purchase a suitable 'signal blocking pouch' and these are available from many suppliers at around £10 for two, so both sets of keys can be protected. We did an experiment where keys were put into a small tin which was then covered in kitchen foil. Even standing right next to the car, it failed to recognise any signal and would not open. This shows that shielding can be effective as well as any traditional physical barrier that you may put in place.

We hope that all drivers will take this advice on board and be more careful to protect their vehicles. Don't let it happen to you !!
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Brian Adams (NHWN, Communications Administrator, Basingstoke)

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