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Police warn keyless car theft is on the rise

Police warn keyless car theft is on the rise

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Motorists have been warned of the need to protect their vehicles as cases of keyless car thefts increase with a 3.1 per cent increase in vehicle crime.

Motorists have been warned of the need to protect their vehicles as cases of keyless car thefts increase. Provisional figures released by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) highlight a 3.1 per cent increase in vehicle crime between May and June this year - the ‘bulk’ of which is down to keyless car theft. Thieves use a device to ‘boost’ the signal from a wireless key to trick the vehicle into thinking that the key is nearby. Criminals often take advantage of keys being inside the home near to the front door, where they can easily relay the signal. 

 

National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for vehicle crime, assistant chief constable Jenny Sims, said: “Car theft is a serious crime that causes significant distress and upset to owners and police are putting considerable resources into tackling it and bringing those responsible to justice.“Whilst the rapid development of technology has dramatically improved the experience of drivers it has also allowed criminals to exploit weaknesses in electronic security.

 

“We are working closely with car manufacturers to help them design out crime by sharing intelligence and equipment seized from criminals. We are already making substantial progress in this regard. However, though keyless car crimes are on the up, the NPCC’s official figures also show that overall, theft of or from motor vehicles is down 21 per cent.