Keyless Car Theft - Handforth Dean

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Good Morning

Do you have a vehicle that is keyless entry/ start?

We’ve had a spate of theft of Ford KUGA’s this week from the Handforth area.

How are vehicles taken without keys?

Newer vehicles often which are keyless entry and keyless start are susceptible to keyless theft. This is where offenders use a device which enhances the signal of your key to start your car, or they use a device to start your car by plugging it in. It can take less than a minute for them to exploit this vulnerability.

Below are some helpful tips which could help you secure your car, and arm it against these types of theft.

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 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.
• Park in a well-lit area or car park or if possible find a car park displaying the ‘Park Mark’ sign which shows it's been approved under the safer parking scheme.
• Lock your car as soon as you get inside.
• Keep your doors locked while driving. If your car has a self-locking facility - a lot have these days - make sure it’s active.

• Try to leave a sufficient gap between your vehicle and the car in front when stopped at traffic lights or in traffic, but not so much another car can get between your vehicle and the one in front. This is so you can manoeuvre safely out of danger. (If you're approached by anyone suspicious on foot, being too close to the vehicle in front will prevent you from manoeuvring out of danger.)
• If your car's in collision with another vehicle and you're suspicious of the driver's intention, if you can, drive to a well-lit and populated area and summon help.
• Sounding the vehicles horn is a good way of drawing attention in an emergency.
• Do not open a window fully to speak to someone who approaches your vehicle, or unlock and open the door.
• Always take your car keys out of the vehicle if you are going into shops or a petrol station, even if someone is left in the car. Similarly, keep windows closed if possible.
• In an emergency dial 999.

Kind Regards

PCSO Gareth Harding
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Gareth Harding (Cheshire Police, Macclesfield LPU, Wilmslow PCSO)

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