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Owner’s warning as pair caught on CCTV trying to steal keyless car using remote technology

The attempt was foiled as the owner had stored the keys in a signal blocking (Faraday) pouch

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This is how thieves use remote technology to steal keyless start cars.

The CCTV footage of two men attempting to steal a car in the Bush area of Dungannon was posted online by the vehicle’s owner.

The attempted theft took place last Thursday around 4am in the morning. Both culprits were wearing masks and gloves.

Their attempt was foiled, however, as the owner had stored the keys in a signal blocking (Faraday) pouch.

The owner said the police had been informed and urged other motorists to be aware.

Police have also warned vehicle owners to be on the alert, especially those with keyless entry cars.

Just 10 days ago, a locked black Jaguar E-Pace was stolen from the Birchview Lodge area of Portadown using the same technology.

And early this month, a locked Mercedes GLE 350 jeep was stolen from outside a home in Galbally, Co Tyrone, without the use of the owner’s keys.

A PSNI spokesman said, “With advances in technology, thieves are now able to gain access to your vehicle by redirecting the wireless signal from your key fob.

“Motor vehicles are extremely expensive, and owners should take the same precautions as they do with home security. Where possible, keep your car in a garage or lock your driveway gates.

“Establish a routine to help keep your vehicle safe, including using your garage if available to secure your vehicle.

“Use physical car locks such as steering column locks and chains, as well as keeping all car keys (including spares) away from exterior doors and walls.

“Motorists are also advised to use a blocking pouch also called a Faraday pouch (lined with metallic material) to help block the wireless signal from your key fob.”

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