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Police in keyless car theft warning after car stolen from driveway of house

Police are warning car owners to be vigilant after another keyless theft, this time in the Ardglena Grove area of Dungannon.

A white Hyundai Tucson parked in the driveway at a property in the area was stolen some time between 3.40pm on Sunday, March 20 and shortly before 10.20pm on Monday, March 21.

The vehicle was locked and the owner still had both sets of keys.

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

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

Detective Sergeant Robinson said: “Our enquiries are continuing as the vehicle remains outstanding at this time.

“We are urging vehicle owners to be vigilant, especially those with keyless entry cars.

“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.”

Meanwhile, police are appealing to anyone who may have seen anyone or any suspicious vehicles in the Ardglena Grove area, who may have dash-cam or CCTV footage or who knows the whereabouts of the car to call them on 101, quoting reference number 490 21/03/22.

Alternatively, information can also be provided confidentially to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111,

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