20/01/2020

Warning As Car Stolen Without Keys

The threat of keyless technology theft has been highlighted after a vehicle was stolen from the Newry area.

Police issued a warning after the BMW was stolen from the Newtown Road area of Cloughoge in the early hours of Thursday 16 January.

The locked car was taken without any entry being forced or the keys stolen from the owner.

Detectives are appealing for information on the grey BMW 640D Sport and would like to hear from anyone who was in the Newtown Road area at around 3.30am and may have noticed any suspicious activity.
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Constable Middleton said: "I'm keen to remind everyone that, with advances in technology, thieves are now able to gain access to your car by redirecting the wireless signal from your key fob.

"Owners should take the same precaution as they do with home security. Establish a routine to help keep your vehicle safe. Make use of your garage, if you have one; or use physical car locks such as steering column locks and chains. Keep all car keys, including spares, away from exterior doors and walls, and consider using a blocking pouch (lined with metallic material) to help block the wireless signal from your key fob."

Details can also be provided in confidence by dialling the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.



(JG/CM)

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