Vehicle Crime

Alert message sent 03/04/2022 15:37:00

Information sent on behalf of Staffordshire Police

An increase in vehicle technology can make cars more vulnerable to theft and parts more attractive. For example, key-less entry can be open relay theft ( where the key signal is intercepted, then used to access and drive the vehicle away). Valuable parts, such as catalytic convertors, are also being targeted.
We want to help you understand the risks so you can be aware of what to look out for and what steps to take.

to keep your vehicle a little safer,here are some simple tips to follow.

1. While it's tempting, do not leave your vehicle with the engine running.
2. If you have got key-less entry keys, try and keep them out of the communication range of your vehicle and store them in a Faraday bag when not in use - thieves can use your key's signal to gain entry to your vehicle.
3. Always double check you have locked your vehicle, check that your windows and doors are shut correctly.
4. Do not keep your keys close to your front door or somewhere visible, like the hallway table.
5. Think about fitting a tracking system to help get your vehicle back if stolen.
6. Never leave your sat nav or mobile phone on show when you park your vehicle.
7. Consider fitting a catalytic convertor lock.

Check security on your home.
Where possible fit security lights and consider getting CCTV, have a good look round your property for weak points if need be add extra security measures, fit locks on side gates. Think about getting anti snap barrel locks on external doors for extra security.

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Tracy Horton (Police, PCSO, Lichfield)

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