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Car keyless vehicle thefts


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 meters of your car key to capture the signal.

Further crime prevention methods to deter car key burglars:

  • Keep your keys somewhere safe and out of sight
  • If you can, lock your car in a garage
  • Fit a high-quality alarm to your vehicle
  • Consider additional security systems such as immobilisers and visible security locks 
  • Always take your keys with you when leaving your vehicle unattended
  • Keep your keys safe and concealed in public places
  • Make sure doors, windows, the boot and sunroof are locked and secure before leaving your car
  • If there are more than one vehicle at your property, park the lesser valued vehicle behind the more expensive one on the driveway
  • Also make sure you keep your house doors and windows locked
  • Install a high-quality burglar alarm 
  • Install an exterior security light 
  • Attached is an image of a signal blocker pouch that can be block any attempt by thieves to steel your car keys signal
  • Thank you for your help. It is only by the police and the public working together that we can prevent and detect crime. 

    Kind regards,

    Senior Police Community Support Officer Shane GOODMAN


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    Shane Goodman
    (West Mercia Police, Senior Police Community Support Officer, North Telford)

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