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Warning to drivers after spate of vehicle thefts across Lichfield

Drivers in Lichfield are being warned to be on their guard after a spate of crimes in Lichfield.

High-performance vehicles and keyless entry cars have been targeted in more than 50 crimes since May across Lichfield, Cannock and Tamworth.

Makes such as Audi, Mercedes, BMW and Ford have been targeted when left parked on driveways or in the street, with the majority of incidents taking place overnight on cars less than three years old.

Police say there have also been a number of reported Transit vans stolen from residential areas in Lichfield.

Detective Inspector John Quilty from Force CID said: “Vehicle security technology is constantly being advanced by vehicle manufacturers, but unfortunately technology is also being developed and used by criminals to combat these new measures.

“Criminals manipulate the vulnerabilities of the keyless system by capturing the signal from the car’s fob and fooling the vehicle into believing the keys are with the vehicle so that it can be opened, started and driven away within minutes.

“We want to be one step ahead of the criminal fraternity and are working in partnership with car dealers across the county to prevent the crime.

“We have also seen incidents where homes have been broken into to steal keys so that high-performance cars can be taken. These crimes are often committed by criminals who are working to order and targeting certain types of vehicles, based on demand and value.

“Investigations are currently ongoing into a number of incidents, but all car owners should be vigilant and take simple crime prevention measures to deter thieves.

“If you are aware of anyone behaving suspiciously around your car or property, or if you think you are being followed, phone us on 101 or, if there is a crime ongoing, 999.”

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