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Protect your vehicle from keyless crime

by Alison Cornmell

Knowsley Council joins Knowsley’s local policing team in urging residents to be especially vigilant when it comes to looking after their vehicles following reports of ‘keyless’ car theft.

Offenders have found a way to clone wireless key signals from car keys inside homes, enabling them to open the vehicle on the driveway, start the engine and drive the vehicle away. This means the criminal does not have to break into homes to steal key fobs.

However, residents can buy what’s known as a Faraday Bag/signal blocking case for their keys which will help block the signal from the fob. Priced at around £10 and under, they are available from well known online retailers.

Residents can also take further steps to prevent their vehicle being stolen or damaged:

  • Lock your vehicle when parked on your drive. This greatly reduces the possibility of it being targeting by an opportunistic thief.
  • Keep your keys safe, and out of view when at home.
  • Consider securing your car with more traditional devices and invest in a steering lock or similar
  • Double check electric locking. Electric devices can be used by criminals to jam the electronic signal from your keyfob, always check that your vehicle is locked before walking away.
  • Don’t ever leave your car running and unattended.
  • Contact your dealer and check if your vehicle has any outstanding software updates, which may improve security.
  • Check if the keyless fob can be turned off/on, your dealer can confirm and advise how to do this.
  • Be vigilant and report any suspicious activity in your neighbourhood to the police.

You can also find crime prevention advice available on Merseyside Police’s website. Here you can find out how to safeguard your vehicle while here you can find out how to deter anyone from tampering with your vehicle.

Always call 999 if a theft is in progress and you can also report any information on suspected theft and sale of stolen vehicles via @MerPolCC or anonymously to @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 or via their online form

Residents are also asked to report any suspicious people, vehicles or behaviour via 101 or online here.