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Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

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Following a rise across the eastern region in thieves using more sophisticated techniques to gain access to keyless entry/start button cars, we’re issuing advice to help you keep your vehicle secure and protect you from becoming a victim of crime.
When the correct key fob is close by, the fob recognises the signal and transmits its own code, instructing the vehicle to unlock the doors and to allow the ignition to work on the car.
Thieves use wireless transmitters to capture its radio transmission. This is relayed to another device.  It allows the thief to open and start your car in the same way.
To prevent this from happening, use car key signal blocker cases/sleeves, they cost less than £10, or an aluminium tin at home.  Find a safe place for your keys at home and check to ensure they are out of range.

Following some of these other steps will also help to protect your vehicle:

  • Use a good quality crook lock or full cover steering wheel security lock to immobilise your vehicle
  • Consider fitting an ‘OBD safe’ device, a secure lockable device that fits over the vehicle’s on board diagnostic port, in the vehicle cabin. This prevents criminals using software to code an electronic key for the vehicle
  • If your vehicle is fitted with on board wi-fi consider switching this facility off, if you do not need it which will reduce the chance of criminals hacking into the vehicle’ system; your banking details or personal data from linked devices
  • Criminals can also employ remote/keyless entry jamming equipment; so make sure your car is locked physically by trying the door handle and viewing the indicators flash, before leaving it.

Burglaries

Distraction burglaries are becoming more frequent in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough at the moment. Whittlesey is no exception and there have been  burglaries in our area recently. Our local police have already carried out a patrol of the area and more are planned. 

Some advice on how to help being a victim of distraction burglary is on this website at distraction burglary advice.  You can also find advice on home security here.

Here are some recent incidents:

  • The victim allowed a potential buyer to enter the address and use her toilet, the potential buyer left the victims home and the victim had realised there was £60 missing.
  • An attempted burglary during which a person tried to gain entry to a building using tools. Entry was not gained.
  • Four suspects offered to cut the victims tree’s and victim believes one of them has stolen £800 from the address as part of a distraction burglary.
  • Another distraction burglary occurred on Victory Avenue.  The victim was distracted by a male at the front door saying the guttering was leaking, upon returning indoors the victim realised money and belongings had been taken.

If you have any information about crimes or have seen something you are suspicious of, even if you are not certain, please contact the police on the non-emergency number 101 or if a crime is in progress, or life is threatened, ring the emergency number 999.  If you prefer, you can use report a crime online which will guide you through reporting the crime to Cambridgeshire police.