Car Theft on the increase – keyless vehicles

I received this recently from the local SNT police recently



Dear Ward Member,

Unfortunately we have had a rise in vehicle thefts over recent weeks in and around the Hornchurch area. The most popular vehicles being stolen are FORD KUGAS, RANGE ROVERS and JAGUARS with a large number of these being “keyless start”. We are finding that owners have not invested in a “faraday bag” , these are key in preventing thefts by means of “electronic transmitters”.

The AVENUE, HORNCHURCH has been targeted a number of times and as such the team have been providing crime prevention advice on our twitter @MPSStAndrews and will be dropping off leaflets over the weekend.

Kind regards,

PC KENNEDY 1131EA and the St Andrews neighbourhood team.

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A faraday bag will block the signal from the keys IF the keys (both the main key and the spare) are inside one of these bags – these faraday bags are not expensive.

I do not understand why they are not part of the hand over kit for any new car (like the breakdown triangle or spare wheel/gunk)


this is a useful link – if you have a car with a keyless entry/start – I advise you read this

A bag will cost as little as £5

I stress, you need to put BOTH keys in a single or individual container that will block the signal.

It is also a good idea to test this from time to time by holding the faraday bag close to the car and see if you can unlock the vehicle – if you can, it is time to replace the bag.


Author: Paul Middleton

Paul is a Ward Councillor for St. Andrews & Hornchurch Resident's Association Executive member.

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