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Third keyless entry vehicle stolen in just seven days

Another luxury vehicle has been stolen by thieves believed to be using a remote electronic device which allows them to mirror the signal of the key.

This bring the number of vehicles stolen in this manner in Stamford and Bourne over the past week to three.

Community Policing Inspector for Stamford, Bourne and The Deepings, Inspector Ian Martin, said that in the latest incident a Volvo V40 was stolen from outside a house in Great Northern Gardens, Bourne sometime on the night of January 12.

Inspector Martin said the owners of the vehicle were still in possession of both keys.

"Our enquiries have indicated the vehicle travelled south from the area after it was stolen and investigations are ongoing," he said.

Two luxury German vehicles were recently stolen in the same manner.

In the first incident, a Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Coupé was taken from Stamford sometime overnight between January 7 and 8 while a BMW M6 Coupé was stolen from Bourne the following night.

In both cases the owners were still in possession of both sets of keys.

"It's difficult to say if these cases are related but we have also been in discussions with our colleagues in Oakham and Cambridgeshire where similar thefts have occurred and we are working together," said Inspector Martin.

He said "most" of the equipment needed to create a device that would allow for the signal of a key to be copied was available online.

"But being in possession of these devices constitutes a criminal offence and you could be arrested if caught," he said.

Inspector Martin said police could not yet say if the thieves were targeting vehicles to order.

"In some cases it is probably opportunistic," he said.

"It may be that the thieves have a list of vehicles they want to target but are not able to get them because they cannot get access to the key for whatever reason."

For the device to mirror the signal of the key, it needs to be in close proximity to it.

"We would advise people to keep their keys away from doors and the fronts and edges of their homes or to place them in a metal container or even a Faraday bag which is able to block the signal," said Inspector Martin.

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