Warning to car owners after keyless Range Rovers stolen in Salisbury

VEHICLE owners are being urged to be vigilant after two cars were stolen in Salisbury.

Wiltshire Police said the keyless Range Rovers were taken on Sunday night (April 16) by thieves who appeared to use sophisticated ‘relay theft’ techniques.

Relay thefts are a form of keyless car theft where the signal from a key for a so-called ‘keyless entry’ car is captured by somebody standing outside the victim’s house using a device.

A force spokesperson said the stolen vehicles were found the following morning by officers working with colleagues in Hampshire and were due to be returned to their owners.

“We would encourage keyless car owners to put the key card or fob in a Faraday case/pouch – a special bag with a metal lining – to block any transmissions, and to use a steering lock where possible – an ‘old school’ security measure that is also a visual deterrent to would-be thieves,” they added.

Anyone who sees a crime in progress should call 999 immediately and note the registration numbers of vehicles, and descriptions of those involved, they said.

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