Car Thieves Steal 16 Vehicles

Motorists with high value cars are being warned to remain vigilant after 16 vehicles with keyless technology were stolen across counties Down and Armagh.

The luxury cars, including brands such as BMW, Range Rover and Lexus were all taken without gaining entry to the owner's home and without taking keys.

It's believed the thieves gained access to the cars by redirecting the wireless signal from the owner's keys inside the house.

Police listed ways to stop such thefts, including storing keys in a metal container or a microwave to block the signal, as well as using steering column locks, chains and securing garden gates.
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In a statement, Detective Inspector Dan Kelly said: "I would strongly urge car owners to take the same precautions as they do with home security. Establish a routine to help keep your vehicle safe, including using your garage, if available, to secure your vehicle or locking gates to driveways if possible.

"Use physical car locks such as steering column locks and chains, as well as keeping all car keys (including spares) away from exterior doors and walls. Motorists can use a blocking pouch (lined with metallic material) to help block the wireless signal from your key fob, commonly referred to as a 'Faraday Pouch'. Placing fobs in a tin or the microwave can also help block the wireless signal. In addition, vehicle tracker devices are also an excellent way to combat car thefts."

Enquiries into the recent spate of vehicle thefts are continuing and police have appealed to anyone with information to contact detectives in Lisburn or Lurgan on 101. Details can also be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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