Police patrols stepped up after spate of 23 van thefts in Doncaster in one month

Police patrols have been stepped up in Doncaster after a spate of 23 van thefts in one month.

Wednesday, 17th February 2021, 10:42 am

A total of 33 ‘keyless’ vehicle thefts have been reported in the town, with 23 vans among those taken by thieves.

In response, police patrols have been stepped up and detectives want to hear from anyone with information on those involved.

Earlier this month, South Yorkshire Police revealed that between December 7 and January 10, the force received 101 reports of vehicles being stolen without their keys.Cars with keyless entry systems unlock automatically when the key fob is nearby.

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Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Henderson

To steal cars, crooks use a device which tricks vehicles into thinking the fob is nearby, allowing the doors to open and the ignition to be started.

Motorists are being urged to used steering wheel locks to deter thieves.

Keys can also be placed in signal blocking pouches which block any wireless signals such as cloning devices.

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