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Thefts from Vehicles In North East

Police Scotland are reminding motorists not to leave valuables in their vehicles overnight following a theft from a motor vehicle in Aberdeen and in Kinloss, Moray in recent days.

North East Crime Reduction Officer, PC Richard Russell said

"It sounds simple but always remember to lock your car. This is the simplest way to keep your car safe. Get into the habit of locking the car every time you leave it and ensuring your windows are closed. Don’t just listen out for the sound of your doors locking, check for your lights flashing and/or mirrors closing. Better still, check the door handle!

"Never leave items on show as an invitation – Mobile phones, electronic equipment, coins, sunglasses, tools, clothing, bags and any other valuables should be removed from the vehicle or placed in the boot.

"Keys and ignition fobs should be kept safe and out of sight and reach – a common way to steal a car or van is to take the keys or ignition fob, either when left in the vehicle or from your home. Don’t leave them in the lock of your front door, within reach of the letterbox or on the kitchen counter.

"Vehicles fitted with a smart or passive key (a contactless key) can be susceptible to a type of theft called “Relay Theft."

There are a wide range of electronic devices, key cloning devices and other tools that can be used by opportunist thieves and criminal gangs to target your vehicle.

There are a number of preventative measures you can take to prevent this type of theft:

  • Store your keys in a security pouch. Security pouches are sometimes termed Faraday bags or RFID signal Fob Blocker/shields, these pouches will prevent the signal from your vehicle from being captured using electronic devices.
  • Don't leave keys by the door - Grabbing the signal will be easier for the thieves if the keys are near the front door.
  • CCTV - This can be a deterrent and help protect both your car and home. If you do decide to use CCTV it is important to read the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) advice on Domestic CCTV systems

Further information can be found on the Secured by Design website by visiting: www.securedbydesign.com/guidance/crime-prevention-advice/vehicle-crime

Original message sent by: Richard Russell (Police, Constable, North East Division)

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