High value cars targeted by criminal gang

Alert message sent 24/11/2020 12:25:00

Information sent on behalf of Wiltshire Police

We are alerting owners of high value cars to be extra vigilant following an incident in Swindon. 

We believe an organised criminal gang is attaching what appears to be badly constructed electronic devices to vehicles in an attempt to block the signal from its in-built tracking system.  In this particular case the device caught fire. 

PC Keith Macdonald said:  "We are urging vehicle owners, especially those of high value, to be aware of this type of criminal activity.
"In this latest incident involving a Range Rover, it had travelled into Oxfordshire and back to Swindon so we cannot say for sure when or where the device was placed on the vehicle. 
"The owner first thought something was wrong when his factory fitted tracking device and app started to malfunction.  
"Based on these findings we would advise high value car owners to contact their dealer if they notice similar faults with their tracking apps and please don't ignore them."

If you suspect your vehicle has been tampered with or find a device like this, please call us on 101 quoting crime reference number 54200115410.  You can also report via our website:  wiltshire.police.uk

An attached video and picture shows the device catching fire and melting. 
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Mark Jones (Police, Media Officer, Wiltshire)

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