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Vehicle Crime Is your vehicle safe and secure

Alert message sent 23/01/2019 10:44:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


Bracknell Forest Borough, in particular Sandhurst and Crowthorne  has seen a recent spike in offences of both theft from unattended vehicles, and theft of vehicles.
Most vehicle crime is preventable. Usually ensuring you lock your vehicle whenever you leave it,  and not leaving valuables within your vehicle is enough to discourage would be thieves.
However modern vehicles, in particular  BMWs and Audis  (but also applies to other makes)  equipped with keyless ignition  and locks are proving  vulnerable to thieves who utilise “radio scanner” devices to pick up the keys signal and then to unlock the vehicle doors, steal property from inside or to actually start the ignition and steal the vehicle.
The would be thieves can only do this if the key and the vehicle are both within range of their scanner. If you own such a vehicle and leave it parked on your drive or immediately outside your home, you need to take basic precautions to prevent secure your vehicle and prevent key’s signal been picked up.  
  • USE A SECONDARY STEERING WHEEL LOCK (often called a crook lock)  
  • DEAD LOCK YOUR VEHICLE’s DOORS – this is usually done by double clicking the key fob, but a heck of your cars handbook will confirm how to do it.
  • DISTANCE – when your vehicle is parked keep the key as far from it as possible. Don’t leave the key in your entrance hall, kitchen or close to ground floor windows, best to take them upstairs.
  • BLOCK –  the keys signal can be blocked by  wrapping them in foil or putting them in a tin. 
 
Those of you who only have a vehicle that requires a physical key to unlock doors and start the ignition, need to be aware that offenders have also recently been prepared to use tools to “fish” keys out through letterboxes or access the internal front door handle through the letter box in order to get into the home to find the car key.
SECURE YOUR KEYS OVERNIGHT – DON’T LEAVE THEM LYING IN THE ENTRANCE HALL.
Anyone who has any information about any incident of vehicle crime is asked to report it to their local police on 101 or alternatively you can do it anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
 
For more advice on how to keep your home safe, visit the Thames Valley Police website. www.thamesvalley.police.uk/advice/protecting-your-home-and-belongings/
 
Please feel free to share this report and advice on social media.
 
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Jon Morris (Police, Administrator, Bracknell)

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