Hi-tech cars need crook-locks, warn police

Owners of hi-tech £30,000 Range Rovers are being told to use an old-fashioned crook-lock to stop the vehicle being stolen.

West Midlands police gave the advice after a spate of Evoque thefts.

The model is keyless, but thieves are using electronic grabbing devices to steal the cars off driveways – sometimes in less than 20 seconds.

The force tweeted: ‘We are currently seeing a surge of thefts targeting Range Rover Evoque vehicles.

“If you have one please consider adding addition security such as steering locks, OBD blockers, immobilisers, trackers, Faraday bags for the keys if the vehicle is keyless entry & parking bollards etc.”

OBD blockers cut out unauthorised communication to vehicles, preventing thieves from reprogramming keys.

Faraday bags, named after the inventor of the Faraday cage, prevent radio frequencies picking up the key’s locking codes.




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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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