Car thieves are using doorbells to help them target luxury vehicles, police chiefs warned today.
Some remote doorbell transmitters can be used to block the signal between a car key fob and the vehicle’s locking system, according to the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).
Thieves lie in wait for motorists to park their car and then use the doorbell transmitter to prevent them from activating the central locking.
As soon as the motorist is out of sight, the thieves can then steal the car or raid it for valuables.
The scam does not work on security-conscious drivers who wait for the light flash or alarm beep that indicates activation of the security system.
But it does work on busy or careless motorists who simply point the key towards the vehicle and try to lock it as they walk away.
Superintendent John Wake, of the ACPO Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service, said: ‘Motorists should always check that their alarms are set by testing the doors in order to ensure that the vehicle is secure.
‘Leaving any valuables on display such as satellite navigation systems or mobile phones should also be avoided.’
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