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Theft of Motor Vehicle

Dear Resident


There has been 4 incidents of Theft of Motor Vehicle where vehicles with keyless entry systems have been targeted.   

Keyless car theft or 'relay theft' is when a device is used to fool the car into thinking the key is close by. This unlocks the car and starts the ignition.

Thieves only need to be within a few metres of your car key to capture the signal, even if it’s inside your home. This means that even if your car and home are secure, thieves can still unlock, start and steal your car.

How to protect your keyless entry car

  • When at home keep your car key (and the spare) well away from the car.
  • Put the keys in a screened or signal-blocking pouch, such as a Faraday Bag and check if the bag or pouch is still working every few months.
  • Re-programme your keys if you buy a second hand car.
  • Turn off wireless signals on your fob when it's not being used.
  • For further crime prevention advice visit Thames Valley Police Crime Prevention Advice - Crime prevention advice | Thames Valley Police

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