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Two Portadown vehicle thefts as PSNI warn about dangers of wireless key fobs

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The PSNI has warned about the dangers of thieves accessing vehicles through wireless key fobs, after a Jaguar E-Pace was stolen from a property in Portadown without those responsible gaining entry to the house.

It marked the second vehicle theft in the town in a matter of hours, after three bikes were also stolen from another property on Monday evening.

The PSNI said the theft of the Jaguar happened at a property in Birchview Lodge in Portadown on Monday at around 3.35am.

The three bikes were stolen shortly before at around 2.50am at the rear of a property in the Maghery Road area.

While the bikes have since been located by police, they said the search for the black Jaguar car remains outstanding.

Detective Constable Cairns said: “Shortly after 11:05am, it was reported to police that a black Jaguar E-Pace was stolen as it was parked at a property at the Birchview Lodge area at around 3:35am.

The vehicle was locked and entry was not gained to the vehicle owner's house where the keys of the car were kept.

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“It is believed that three bikes were stolen from the rear of a property at the Maghery Road area of Portadown at around 2:50am on Monday 17th January, with two of the bikes located at the address at the Birchview Lodge area of Portadown.

“All three bikes have now been located and the Jaguar E-Pace remains outstanding at this time.

“With advances in technology, thieves are now able to gain access to your vehicle by redirecting the wireless signal from your key fob.

“Motor vehicles are extremely expensive, and owners should take the same precautions as they do with home security. Where possible, keep your car in a garage or lock your driveway gates.”

He added: “Establish a routine to help keep your vehicle safe, including using your garage if available to secure your vehicle. Use physical car locks such as steering column locks and chains, as well as keeping all car keys (including spares) away from exterior doors and walls.

Motorists are also advised to use a blocking pouch also called a Faraday pouch (lined with metallic material) to help block the wireless signal from your key fob.

“Enquiries are continuing and we would appeal to anyone with any information in relation to either incidents to contact detectives on 101, quoting reference number 530 17/01/22.

“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”


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