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Police warn drivers to take precautions as keyless car theft on the rise

Posted On: 16 Sep 2021   |   Posted By: Sunday Times Driving

POLICE have renewed warnings to drivers to take the necessary precautions to protect their cars as the number of keyless vehicle thefts continues to increase.
Criminals are increasingly using “relay” technology to transmit signals from key fobs inside houses to receivers near the cars, allowing the vehicles to be unlocked, started and driven away.
New figures from the National Police Chiefs' Council show that vehicle crime between May and June of this year increased by 3.1%, with police confirming that the bulk of this increase is from keyless theft.
The monthly increase is against a backdrop of falling vehicle thefts: from January to December 2020, there was a 21% decrease in the crimes, compared with the previous year, according to the latest Office for National Statistics figures .
Simple steps to protect cars from theft
Assistant Chief Constable Jenny Sims, National Police Chiefs' Council lead for vehicle crime, said: “Car theft is a serious crime that causes significant distress and upset to owners, and...

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