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Appeal after three cars stolen

November 7, 2019
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Officers are appealing for information following three cars were stolen area overnight on Tuesday 5 November 2019.

The first incident happened on Sorrel Drive in Bingham when a BMW 520D was stolen outside a house between 11.30pm and 7am. (Incident 105) 

The second theft happened at Cherwell Gardens in Bingham when a BMW 530E was stolen outside a property at around 4.45am. (Incident 111)

The final theft happened on College Street in East Bridgford between 9pm and 7.45am when a BMW 430D was stolen from outside a home. (Incident 118)

Following the crimes, it's believed the cars have headed in the general direction of Newark. 

If you have any information, saw anything suspicion in the areas or witnessed the crimes please ring 101 quoting incidents 105, 111 or 118 of 6 November 2019. 

How to keep your car keys safe at home

Crime prevention advice to help avoid you becoming a victim of vehicle crime.

Thieves are targeting vehicles which have keyless entry systems using digital scanners allowing the car to be unlocked without a trace of forced entry or damage.

Regular remote locking fobs which require the car owner to press a button are not vulnerable to these crimes, it is only those cars which allow the owner to approach and unlock the car with the keys still in their pocket.

Advice for drivers with concerns about car security:

1. Understand the digital functions of your car: do you have a keyless entry system? If so, can the fob be switched off overnight? Speak to your dealer about software updates and whether new key fobs with added security are available.

2. Store keys away from household entry points: a keyless fob should be stored as far into your home as is possible, hampering a criminal’s ability to detect and relay its signal.

3. Signal blocking pouches (Faraday pouches) will block the signal from a keyless entry fob. Keeping your keyless entry fob out of sight is not enough – thieves only need to gain proximity to the key to amplify the signal. Don’t forget about your spare key! Make sure you test your signal blocking pouch or choose one that has the Secured by Design accreditation.

You can find further guidance online on our website here: https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice/prevention/vehicle

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