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Appeal after two Range Rovers stolen from Waterhouse Moor area

Crime / Fri 16th Apr 2021 at 09:43am

HARLOW residents have made an appeal after two Range Rovers were stolen on the same street.

The two cars were stolen from Waterhouse Moor.

One was white and the other black. (similar to those pictured below).

The thefts occurred at just after 5pm on Tuesday April 13th.

YH understands that the suspects, who were wearing balaclavas, pulled up in a blue car, stole the two cars and then drove off in convoy in The Tawneys Road/Southern Way direction.

A quick check on Google will reveal that there are Range Rover thefts occurring all over the country.

Vehicles fitted with a keyless entry system have been targeted, in some thefts.

Criminals using specialist tools are sometimes able to clone a fob’s signal and relay it to another device, allowing them to enter and start the vehicle.

After a spate of thefts in Kent, DC Mark Beeching, of west Kent CID, said: “Thieves are sometimes also able to fool security systems for keyless entry vehicles.

“To prevent this we would recommend owners check if their entry fobs can be turned off overnight and to also store them away from any household entry points. “Drivers can also store their fobs in special bags, which can be bought from retailers, to prevent any unwanted communication between the vehicle and its keys.

“If you are unsure contact your vehicle manufacturer or local dealer for advice.’

Kent Police have also issued further advice:

Consider investing in CCTV and sensors which alert you when someone walks near your vehicle or enters the driveway.

Use a steering wheel lock.

Lock all doors and close the windows whenever you leave the vehicle.

Make sure you don’t leave your car keys visible from the outside of your home.

Park in a garage, secure car park or well-lit area if possible.

Consider having windows etched with the vehicle registration number or use an invisible ink marker pen to mark these details and your postcode on the underside frame of the vehicle.

Make a note of the chassis number.

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What is keyless car theft and how can you protect against it?

Keyless theft, also known as ‘relay theft’ occurs when a device is used to fool the car into thinking the key is close by; this unlocks the car and allows the ignition to be started.

Is my car keyless entry? 

If you have to press a button on your car keys to enter your car and turn the ignition with your key, then you are not ‘keyless’.

Keyless entry cars allow the driver to unlock and start the car with the key fob still in their pocket. Once in the car, the driver can press a button to start the engine.

Cars with a keyless entry system can be stolen using the ‘relay’ theft method.

How can I protect my vehicle?

– Keep car keys safe. Keep them away from windows or doors and far away from your car. Thieves rely on intercepting the signal from the key and hacking into it. If it’s far away from the road or driveway, they will struggle to pick it up.

– Use a signal blocking pouch. This can block the signal’s transmission. Placing the key in a foil-lined box when not in use will have the same effect.

– Turn off the fob’s wireless signal: Although less convenient, consider turning off the key’s wireless function, especially on a spare that isn’t used often. Check your car manual to see how to do this.

– Reprogramme keys: This erases the code from the car to the key. If for example you have lost your spare key, a thief will not be able to use it if you’ve had the remaining keys and locks reprogrammed. Locksmiths will be able to do this.

– OBD port: Some thefts involve thieves breaking into the car’s OBD (onboard diagnostic) port. Check where yours is and consider a cover or lock guard.

– Steering wheel lock: Consider a steering wheel lock. This is a locking metal bar which goes across the wheel. It’s a physical lock which would have to be sawn off, rather than hacked, which might attract attention and it’s unlikely many thieves would even attempt to remove it.

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