Hart District Council has advised via their Community Safety newsletter that sadly, keyless car theft is a growing issue in Hart, the wider county and across the UK.
During 2022/23 there were approximately 480 incidents of keyless car thefts in Hampshire and Isle of Wight, up from around 135 in 2021/22. Thieves don’t need access to a home or to be in possession of car keys, they have the technology to help them to connect to the signal from a key inside a home and relay it to the vehicle, allowing them to unlock the car and drive away without anyone knowing. Thieves often target high-value vehicles, such as BMW, Audi and Land Rover, but it could happen to anyone with a vehicle that has a keyless start – if they can gain access and they are able to drive it away, they will. Residents are therefore reminded to do what they can to protect their vehicles including use of faraday bags for key fob storage and wheel locks to prevent drive away, even if access is gained.
Disklok Car Security has provided code HPDSK15 until the end of July for Hampshire and Isle of Wight residents to purchase a steering wheel lock with a 15% discount.
Residents can report keyless car theft or any suspicious activity caught on CCTV to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary by calling 101 or by reporting it online.
You can find copies of the Community Saftey Newsletter on Hart’s website here https://www.hart.gov.uk/community/community-safety/community-safety-newsletter