Cheshire Police are warning owners of cars with keyless entry systems to be vigilant after a rise in the number of thefts of these vehicles.
Criminals are starting to exploit some vulnerabilities of this system – allowing them to drive the car away without having to break into a home to get a key.
Detective Constable Nicola Dolan said: “Keyless entry systems on cars offer convenience to drivers, but can in some situations can be exploited by car thieves.
"We are doing all we can to tackle the issue but we need the continued support of motorists to help drive down this type of crime.
"By assessing your current security measures and taking a few simple steps you can help to reduce the chances of your vehicle being targeted.”
Drivers are urged to:
• Contact your dealer for further information and guidance regarding the digital features in your car. Have there been any software updates you can take advantage of?
• Check if your keyless entry fob can be turned off. If it can, and your dealer can also confirm this, then do so overnight.
• Think about how you store your key at home. Keeping your keyless entry fob out of sight is not enough – thieves only need to get near to the key to amplify the signal. Drivers are urged to keep both sets of keys in a container or pouch which blocks the signal from the fob.
• Review your car security – consider additional security devices such as mechanical locks and trackers.
• Be vigilant. Keep an eye out for suspicious activity in your neighbourhood – and report anything unusual to the police.
Anyone with any information about vehicle crime is urged to Cheshire Police on 101, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.