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Keyless Vehicle Theft

Good Evening Resident,


Does your vehicle have keyless entry and ignition?

A recent method of vehicles being stolen without the keys termed ‘relay attack’, is allowing criminals to overcome existing vehicle security technology, such as immobilisers and keyless entry systems.

The new style attack uses a relay device and involves two criminals working together.

One thief stands near the car being targeted and the other stands near the front door of the owner’s home to get in range of the key fob, which are often left on hallway tables or kitchen worktops.

The relay device then picks up the key fob signal from inside the house and relays it to the car.

Using this method, the car thinks the keys are nearby and thieves are then able to drive away in a stolen vehicle in a matter of just a few seconds.

BMW's, Ford's, Fiat's and Mercedes Sprinter's are particularly being targeted. We have attached some information on how to avoid becoming a victim of keyless vehicle theft.


You can read more crime prevention information on our website: Crime prevention advice | Greater Manchester Police (gmp.police.uk)


Kind regards,


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