Drivers are being advised to make sure their cars and vans are secure following an increase in vehicle thefts in the county.
Thefts of vehicles have increased by more than 22 per cent this year, compared to same period last year, with Hertsmere and St Albans having the highest number of offences. Thefts of keyless vehicles also continue to be an issue.
Inspector Nicola Dean, from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Crime Reduction Unit, said: “There’s been an increase in vehicle thefts this year, with keyless entry vehicles being targeted by criminals using signal jacking devices, which pick up the fob signal and can unlock and start a vehicle. Using a signal blocking fob pouch or storing your fob in a metal box will help prevent the signal being detected.
“During a recent attempted theft, a steering wheel lock thwarted the thief and prevented the vehicle being stolen, a good quality lock is a great way to keep your vehicle safe.”
To minimise the chance of becoming a victim we offer the following advice:
Lock your car whenever it is left unattended and keep it in a garage when parked at night if possible.
Consider fitting CCTV on your home or driveway, to help deter thieves.
Use PIR or LED security lighting to make your vehicle more visible and this can also act as a deterrent.
Look for car parks with a Secured Car Park sign which have recognised levels of security. If you have a garage at home, ensure you use it and lock it properly.
Noisy gravel on your drive can help deter a would-be thief, as they don't want to alert you to their approach.
How to protect your keyless entry car:
When at home keep your car key (and the spare) well away from the car.
Put the keys in a screened or signal-blocking pouch, such as a Faraday Bag.
Reprogramme your keys if you buy a second-hand car.
Turn off wireless signals on your fob when it's not being used.
Use a steering wheel lock as an extra security measure.
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