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Warning to Hart and Rushmoor residents after new techniques being used to steal vehicles in the local community

Alert message sent 07/09/2021 12:27:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary


Hello,

We wanted to get in touch with local residents, after we have begun to see an increasing trend of people using sophisticated tools to steal cars with keyless entry in the local community, by tricking the system into thinking the key is nearby.

These thefts have occurred both in rural and urban areas in recent times.

It is important to note that they do not need to gain access to your home to take the keys.

As such, we wanted to provide residents with some crime prevention advice and tips for preventing keyless car theft - please see further detail below;

Hide Keys: Keep them out of sight from doors and windows

Signal Blocking: Use a certified pouch or tin to store keys, which will block the signal

Deterrent locks: Use Sold Secure approved products such as steering wheel, pedal or gear locks to deter offenders

Parking: Park in a garage if you have one. If parking on your driveway consider fitting outdoor low wattage dusk ‘til dawn lighting and CCTV from installers who are members of the National Security Inspectorate or the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board.

As always, if you see anything suspicious or if you’ve been a victim of crime, please dial 101 or report it to us online via the Hampshire Constabulary website. If a crime is in progress, or it is an emergency, dial 999 immediately.
Message sent by
Wes Hutchins (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire)

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