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    Richard Brown
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    Vehicle Crime Warning – Relay Theft

    We have recently been made aware of increased reports of this particular type of vehicle crime across Scotland
    How it works
    Each of the thieves carries a ‘relay box’ – a device that relays the signal from the car key to the car
    One thief gets near enough to the key (in the house) to pick up the signal, relays it to the second box carried by the second thief who’s near enough to the car for the signal to be transmitted to it and trigger the unlocking. The criminals can then drive away in the stolen car.

    Here are a few steps you can take to prevent this type of crime:
    • Keep your key device in a ‘Faraday pouch’ (signal blocker) which has a lining that prevents the items inside from receiving or transmitting radio frequency signals. Look for a type which is Secure By Design approved.
    • Check vehicle doors are locked before walking away
    • Listen for the central lock engaging and watch for indicators flashing when locking the car
    • Do not store keys near windows or doors
    • If you buy a second-hand keyless car, get the key reprogrammed
    • Make sure the key and any spares are stored securely and safely
    • Use a steering wheel lock

    Find out more – https://www.scotland.police.uk/advice-and-information/road-safety/protecting-your-car/

     

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