Swindon Police have renewed a warning to owners of keyless cars following a spate of thefts in North Swindon.
The most recent in a series of incidents spanning three weeks happened at about 4am on Friday, 24 July in Standen Way, when a car was taken from the driveway of a house.
A police spokesperson said the two suspects were believed to be linked two two further incidents, one at about 3.30am on the same date, when two men were seen acting suspiciously near a vehicle in Ensor Close before being disturbed.
The other happened on Friday, 24 July whe a car was stolen from outside a house in Garnet Crescent at about 3.30am.
CCTV images from Ensor Close have been released.
The police urge owners to take precautions such as:
- Put keys and\or fobs in a faraday case or pouch to block transmissions
- Park the vehicle in a locked garage
- Install a parking post or bollard on the driveway
- Use an additional steering lock
- If a non-keyless vehicle is also owned, park it in such a way as to block in the keyless one
- Check whether keyless fobs can be switched off
- Check with the car dealership for advice and find out about any manufacturer's tracking systems
- If the vehicle is a company car, seek advice from fleet management
PC Pedro Wiltshire said: “In cases like these, thieves manage to get in to and drive the vehicle off by using a transmitting device which mimics the keyless fob.
“We’d urge vehicle owners about being extra vigilant and aware of this type of crime and where they leave their keys overnight.
“These measures are all about preventing the opportunist thieves and are all fairly cheap and simple measures to stop offenders.”
Anybody with information is invited to call 101 and quote crime reference number 54200073256. Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.