Re­mote lock­ing warn­ing

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

PO­LICE are warn­ing mo­torists to be vig­i­lant when us­ing re­mote key fobs to lock their ve­hi­cles fol­low­ing a spate of thefts.

Car parks are a tar­get for the thieves, who wait for mo­torists to leave their ve­hi­cles and use de­vices such as re­mote door­bell sys­tems to block the sig­nal from key fobs, be­fore steal­ing the ve­hi­cle or valu­ables.

Al­though ve­hi­cle im­mo­bilis­ers auto- mat­i­cally en­gage, usu­ally af­ter a few sec­onds, un­til this time the ve­hi­cles re­main vul­ner­a­ble to thieves.

Det Insp Paul Cordier said: “An in­crease in ra­dio trans­mit­ting de­vices means that sig­nals from one de­vice may coun­ter­act sig­nals from an­other. This can re­sult in re­mote lock­ing sig­nals for cars not op­er­at­ing, leav­ing cars in­se­cure and vul­ner­a­ble to car thieves.”

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