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Police investigate keyless Range Rover thefts in Brookmans Park

Advice offered to help prevent keyless theft

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Hertfordshire police say owners of keyless Range Rovers should take steps to try to protect their vehicles from being taken by thieves. It follows the arrest of a man in connection with thefts of the vehicles in Brookmans Park. Officers are looking for other offenders operating in the area.

Police say that if you own a Range Rover you should think about getting a signal blocking pouch for your keys and keeping them as far away from the vehicle as possible when parked. They also advise using a strong steering wheel lock to deter potential offenders.

But it's not just Range Rovers that are at risk. Keyless car crime affects all cars using the system.

Thieves take advantage of a vulnerability in the technology by finding a car parked close to the owner’s house – where the car key is usually kept.

Car thieves work in pairs in relay attacks. One criminal will hold an amplification device up against the front wall of a home searching for a signal from the keyless fob.

The device then relays the key’s signal to an accomplice, who is holding another device against the car door.

This fools the vehicle’s keyless entry system into thinking that the key is close by (usually these keys have a range of two meters), enabling one of the thieves to gain entry to the car.

Police appealing for witnesses

Police say enquiries are continuing into the theft of Range Rovers from Brookmans Park, Cuffley and the surrounding areas.

Anyone with information should contact the non-emergency number 101 or report information online at www.herts.police.uk/report.

Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form.

Police say a 25-year-old man from Woodford Green in Essex has been arrested on suspicion of motorvehicle theft.

This article is based on a message emailed via the Hertfordshire Constabulary Online Watch Link (OWL)

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