Concerns raised after ANOTHER keyless entry car stolen from Sheffield street

Another car has been stolen in Sheffield by thieves using technology to drive off in vehicles without needing keys.

Friday, 28th May 2021, 10:04 am

Crooks have stolen scores of keyless entry vehicles in South Yorkshire over recent months.

They use a device which clones the signal transmitted from keys to receivers in vehicles to open the doors.

With many new vehicles now having a push button ignition system, thieves can then simply drive off.

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This car was stolen from Seagrave Crescent, Basegreen, overnight

The latest figures available from South Yorkshire Police show that In February and March, a total of 89 vehicles were stolen across the county without their keys.

Earlier this year, South Yorkshire Police revealed that another 101 keyless entry vehicles were stolen between December 7 and January 10.

Overnight a nano grey Ford Focus ST, with the registration number DK65 OMG, was stolen from Seagrave Crescent, Basegreen.

It was parked on the driveway of a house while the owner slept.

The family dog was heard barking and a few seconds later the car was started up and spend off towards Gleadless Townend.

A distinctive feature of the car is that the square headlight washer cover just under the headlight is missing.

Steering wheel locks can be a deterrent to car thieves.

Signal blocking pouches can also be bought for keys when not in use, to help prevent signal cloning.

Anyone with information about the theft should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote SYP-20210528-0025.

Information about those involved in stealing cars can also be passed on to the force or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.