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Hertfordshire police warn over vehicle thefts after seven keyless cars stolen in Stortford and Sawbridgeworth area

Seven keyless cars have been stolen from the Bishop's Stortford and Sawbridgeworth area in the past two weeks.

Police are warning motorists to be vigilant and drivers of cars with keyless ignitions are advised to store their keys in a signal blocker pouch or box.

Insp Mark Collins, of the safer neighbourhood policing team, said: “Our enquiries are continuing to identify and disrupt these criminals and patrols have been increased.

“In the meantime, we’re urging motorists to please ensure they take steps to help keep their vehicles and their property as secure as possible.

“It sounds simple, but please take time to double-check that your car is fully locked and secured when leaving it unattended. A lot of the reported thefts from vehicles have come after vehicles have been left unlocked, which provides the perfect target for opportunist thieves. It’s also important to ensure that you remove all valuables from inside, even ones that aren't in sight, such as tools, sat navs, loose change and sunglasses.

“If you have a keyless vehicle, it’s vitally important to store key fobs inside a car key signal blocker, such as a Faraday pouch or box, and as far away from the vehicle as possible.

Police shared this image showing how thieves access keyless cars (48709085)
Police shared this image showing how thieves access keyless cars (48709085)

"You could also consider having a tracking system fitted to your vehicle or using more traditional crime prevention methods such as a steering wheel lock or clamp. Installing CCTV systems, doorbell cameras, security lighting and making use of noisy gravel on the driveway can also act as a deterrent.

“Sadly, we cannot be everywhere at once, so we would ask members of the public to assist us by being our eyes and ears. If you witness any suspicious activity or believe a crime may be in progress, please call 999 straight away. We would rather attend to find everything is in order than miss the opportunity to catch a potential criminal in the act.”

Further advice can be found on the crime prevention section of the Herts police website. Report information about crime online at herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator in the force communications room via the online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact or call non-emergency number 101. If you believe a crime to be in progress, always dial 999.

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