Police have warned CUNNING car criminals can steal engines from driveways without breaking into homes to get keys.
Experts have urged car drivers to keep their keys in empty drink cans or even microwaves because it’s a better way to protect the vehicle.
It comes after a locked BMW was stolen from outside a Belfast home last week by a crook who had not entered the property first to search.
Northern Ireland Police Service’s Best Detective Sergeant said: “With advances in technology, thieves can now gain access to your vehicle by redirecting the wireless signal from your key fob.
“Motors are extremely expensive, and owners should take the same precautions as for home security.
“If possible, keep your car in the garage or lock your driveway.”
Motorists should also consider other forms of security, he said.
“Use a practical car key like locking the steering column and chain, and keep all car keys — including spare parts — away from doors and exterior walls,” says DS Best.
“Drivers should also use a blocking bag known as a Faraday bag, lined with a metal material, to help block wireless signals from your latch.
“Establish a routine to help keep your vehicle safe, including using a garage where available to protect your vehicle.”
Adam Farmiloe told car fans in a viral YouTube video that Keys can be stored in any type of can to help catch criminals.
He tested this theory with Fanta, Coca-Cola and Carlsberg tins while riding in his Ford Fiesta ST.
Despite being inside the keyless engine, he couldn’t turn it on.
Police believe thieves will roam near the property at night with a relay amplifier and transmitter in the hope of picking up a signal from the key.
They can then trick the vehicle into thinking the key is next to the vehicle.
Placing the keys with metal materials can prevent the signal from being transmitted.
Any car operated with this system could be more susceptible to theft – although some models are safer than others.
Jaguar Land Rover has equipped some models with ultra-wideband radio technology, which transmits over a wide range of frequency channels so thieves can’t track the codes, heycar.co.uk speak.
People in Leicester, Slough and Swindon more likely to become a victim of car theftStatistics from the DVLA revealed.
And the Ford Fiestas, VW Golfs, Ford Focuses and Vauxhall Corsas are the most popular cars.
Well-off postal codes show more expensive cars on thieves’ radars – with Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery models among those most likely to be stolen.
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