Car owners urged to be alert

Alert message sent 06/08/2020 12:32:00

Information sent on behalf of Wiltshire Police

We are alerting car owners in Warminster to ensure their vehicles and keys safe from potential thieves.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning (04/08) a blue Mercedes van was twice spotted outside an address in Sambourne Gardens, Warminster, acting suspiciously around the home owners’ car before being disturbed.

In cases like these, thieves manage to get in to and drive the vehicle off without the need to enter the home by using a transmitting device which mimics the keyless fob.

Please bear in mind some crime prevention points to consider which could prevent a vehicle, which uses the keyless system, from being taken:

• Put the key card/fob in a Faraday case/pouch to block any transmissions
• Park the vehicle in a locked garage
• Install a parking post/bollard on the driveway
• Use an additional steering lock
• If you have a second, non-keyless vehicle, park that behind the high value one
• Check if your keyless fobs can be switched off
• Check with your car dealership as they can offer advice and the manufacturer/dealer can often track the vehicle if it is stolen
• If the vehicle is a company car, check with your fleet managers who can offer crime prevention and tracking advice

Sgt Kevin Harmsworth said: “We have had a number of similar incidents in the local area in recent weeks and want to reiterate our crime prevention message to vehicle owners about being extra vigilant and aware of this type of crime.
“The suspects are using signal boosting technology to steal high performance cars and we urge vehicle owners about being extra vigilant and aware of this type of crime and where they leave their keys overnight.”
If you have any information on the incident above, please call 101, quoting crime reference number 54200077668. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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