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Watch the moment thieves steal keyless car in Taverham, sparking police warning

Police have released CCTV footage of thieves stealing a keyless car in Taverham. Picture: Norfolk police

Police have released CCTV footage of thieves stealing a keyless car in Taverham. Picture: Norfolk police

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Police have released CCTV footage after a spate of thefts of keyless vehicles around the county.

The image caught on camera happened at about 12.50am on Friday, February 9 and saw a vehicle parked at an address on Sandy Lane in Taverham stolen.

The Lexus RX, index SL13XOX, is yet to be found and an investigation is ongoing.

Sergeant Toby Gosden said: “Norfolk is seeing a steady rise in the number of high value vehicle thefts which use a keyless entry system.

“Criminals are exploiting the vulnerabilities of keyless entry system using pairs of radio transmitters by capturing the signal from the car’s fob. Keyless entry are those that allow drivers to open and start the vehicle without even touching the fob or even removing it from their pocket.”

He advised drivers of keyless cars to:

• Contact the dealer and talk about digital features in the car. Have there been software updates to install?

• Check if your keyless fob can be turned off. If it can, and your dealer can confirm this, then do so overnight.

• Store your keys away from household entry points and windows. Keeping your keyless entry fob out of sight is not enough – thieves only need to gain proximity to the key to amplify the signal.

• Drivers are also being urged to keep both sets of keys in a faraday cage or pouch which blocks the signal from the fob.

• Be vigilant. Keep an eye out for suspicious activity in your neighbourhood – and report anything unusual to the police.

• Review your car security. Check for aftermarket security devices such as mechanical locks and trackers, which are proven to deter thieves.

• For more information, contact Sgt Gosden on 101.

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