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Tips for combatting keyless car crime offered at community event

Officers from Leicestershire Police are teaming up with North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) to share crime prevention advice at Jim’s Tractor Run.

The hugely popular family fun day on Sunday 29 July at the Bath Grounds in Ashby, provides a great opportunity to engage with the community and share messages and tips, in this case focused on the theft of cars or their contents.

NWLDC’s Community Safety team will be alongside police officers speaking to motorists and focusing on advice for owners of cars with keyless systems.

The theft of keyless cars is on the rise as criminals use a device to clone the signal from car keys (often located in the house) to the car, which then enables them to enter the vehicle and steal it. This can be avoided through the use of signal blocking pouches that owners can place their keys into, blocking the signal.

Keyless car owners will be able to pick up a free pouch by speaking to the team at the tractor run. All kinds of other crime prevention advice will also be available.

Councillor Trevor Pendleton, Chair of Safer North West Leicestershire Partnership said: “Whilst North West Leicestershire is a safe place to live, crime does occur and criminals are always looking for new ways to commit crime. We are working closely with Leicestershire Police and the public to ensure criminals don’t get a step ahead, especially when it comes to new technology. Come and speak to us at Jim’s Tractor Run to learn more about the preventative measures you could be taking.”

Sergeant Jon Sharpe, rural crime lead at North West Leicestershire Neighbourhood Police Area, said: “We’re really looking forward to this annual event as it gives us another chance to get out into the community and talk to people about important matters like car, home and personal security. We’ll be there to answer any questions people might have and guide them over what steps they can take to ensure they stay safe as well as their belongings.”

Jim’s Tractor Run takes place between 11am and 4pm, featuring a grand tractor display, other vehicles, archery, stall, children’s rides, music, circus performances and a fun dog show.

Published: Tue 17 July, 2018

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