Police are urging owners of keyless entry cars and high-performance vehicles to protect themselves from theft following a spate of crimes in the south of Staffordshire.
Since May this year, there have been more than 50 crimes, including keyless thefts, attempted thefts of vehicles and car key burglaries reported to police from across the south of the force area, which covers Lichfield, Cannock, Tamworth and South Staffordshire.
Thieves are targeting high value performance vehicles such as Audi, Mercedes and BMW and Fords which are left parked on driveways or in the street.
The majority of thefts occur overnight and the cars targeted are less than three years old.
There have also been a number of reported Transit vans stolen from the Lichfield area, again from residential areas.
We would issue the following advice.
• Keeping all keys out of sight and away from doors and windows
• Installing a home security system and setting an intruder alarm at night
• Installing and activating a tracking device on your vehicle
• Install good outside lighting
• Check if your keyless entry fob can be turned off. If it can, and your dealer can also confirm this, then do so overnight.
• Store your keys away from household entry points and windows. Keeping your keyless entry fob out of sight is not enough – thieves only need to gain proximity to the key to amplify the signal. Drivers are also being urged to keep both sets of keys in a Faraday cage or pouch which blocks the signal from the fob.
• Be vigilant. Keep an eye out for suspicious activity in your
neighbourhood – and report anything unusual to the Police.
• Review your car security. Consider security devices such as mechanical locks (steering / gearstick/ pedal / wheel clamp) and trackers, which are proven to deter thieves.
Always remain vigilant and contact us immediately on 101 or 999 if a crime is taking place and you require emergency assistance.
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Community Engagement Officer