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Alert message sent 19/02/2020 10:15:00

Information sent on behalf of West Mids Police

There has been some recent incidents of Key less vehicle thefts, involving  vehicles that uses keyless entry and push button start.

Keeping your vehicle safe

Check with your main dealer that - regardless of the age of the vehicle - it has had all its recalls completed and software updated.

Check with your main dealer what latest security measures can be retrofitted to older vehicles. This can cost less than the excess on your insurance, in the event of a claim.

To protect your Passive Entry Vehicle against a Relay Attack then go to www.securedbydesign.com search for products using key word search ‘shielding for car keys’.

To explore what aftermarket security products are available from third parties. Thatcham is a source of tested products.

Consider using a Thatcham tested and approved steering wheel lock that provides full coverage of the wheel.

Keep full control of your keys. Valet parking, car washes, and even some garages have been found to copy keys.

Make sure ‘your fob has done the job’, and that passengers haven’t left a window or door open, even slightly.

Don’t leave anything visible in the vehicle. Sat navs / dash cams, loose change, and bags are all attractive to thieves.

When parking, always choose a well-lit location with natural or electronic surveillance. Use a car park, whenever possible, which has been awarded the ‘Park Mark’.

At home, if you have a garage, use it. Consider installing security lights or CCTV to improve the deterrent. 

Wherever you park try to park where it is well lit and covered by natural or electronic surveillance.

For more information on preventing relay theft please click the below link


There is also a video about tackling vehicle crime 


Thank You

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Peter Sturgeon (Police, Engagement Officer, Coventry)

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