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Vehicle Crime Warning - Relay Theft

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We have recently been made aware of increased reports of this particular type of vehicle crime across Scotland.

Relay Attack – How It Works:

Relay Theft Diagram

Each of the thieves carries a "relay box" – a device that relays the signal from the car key to the car.

One attacker gets near enough to the key (in the house) to pick up the signal, "relays" it to the second box carried by the second criminal, who’s near enough to the car for the signal to be transmitted to it and trigger the unlocking. The criminals are then free to drive away in the stolen car, and to replace the locks at a later date.

Here are a few simple steps to minimise the risk of relay theft:

  • Keep your key device in a "Faraday pouch" (signal blocker) which has a lining that prevents the items inside from receiving or transmitting radio frequency signals.
  • Check vehicle doors are locked before walking away.
  • Listen for the central lock engaging and watch for indicators flashing when locking the car.
  • Do not store keys near windows or doors.
  • If you buy a second-hand keyless car, get the key reprogrammed.
  • Make sure the key and any spares are stored securely and safely.
  • Use a steering wheel lock.

For further advice contact your local Crime Prevention Officer, or visit our website HERE


Safer Communities Safer Scotland booklet from Neighbourhood Watch Scotland HERE

Original Message Sent By
Willie Clark (Neighbourhood Watch Scotland, NWS Co-ordinator, Scotland)

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