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Thieves use keyless fob signal to steal BMW

A BMW 640D Sport was stolen (file pic) 

A car has been stolen in County Down by thieves who are believed to have used the wireless signal from the vehicle's keyfob to gain access.

Police are investigating after the grey BMW 640D Sport was taken from the Newtown Road in Cloughoge just outside Newry in the early hours on Thursday January 16.

Detective Constable Middleton said: “The car, which was locked, was taken without entry being forced or the keys stolen from the owner.

“I’m keen to remind everyone that, with advances in technology, thieves are now able to gain access to your car by redirecting the wireless signal from your key fob.

“Owners should take the same precautions as they do with home security. Establish a routine to help keep your vehicle safe.

"Make use of your garage, if you have one; or use physical car locks such as steering column locks and chains. 

"Keep all car keys, including spares, away from exterior doors and walls, and consider use a blocking pouch (lined with metallic material) to help block the wireless signal from your key fob.”

Police have appealed for anyone with information, or who may have noticed any suspicious activity around that time, to contact them on 101.

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