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15th January 2020 Issue no. 490
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The return of the Krooklock?
Luxury car owners have been warned to increase their vehicle security after tech-savvy crooks used a gadget to steal two BMWs from outside homes. The cars were taken from outside properties in Granary Lane and Meadow Lane in Worsley, Salford, within hours of each other.
Officers say the offenders used an 'unknown device' to override the vehicles' keyless security systems. They are now urging motorists to use steering wheel locks to further protect vehicles. The blue BMW 320 and white BMW 318 Sport are both started using a security fob which is plugged into the dashboard to start the cars.
The vehicles also have ultrasonic sensors inside the vehicle which should immobilise them.
But the thieves were able to override the security systems to drive away with the £30,000 cars. One GMP officer said: "Stealing a car is often more technical than smashing a window and we know we have to try and keep one step ahead of the game in terms of the technology they are using. I'd recommend that drivers continue to use steering wheel locks and make sure their vehicles are securely locked, if possible, in garages and secure car parks.
"Thieves can get around these new technologies and the more obstacles you can put in their way the better." Police are investigating the thefts and remain on the lookout for the two high-powered vehicles.
16th January 2013