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Police have warned residents to stay alert after two keyless car thefts in Nottingham.

Both incidents occurred in the Mapperley area last Tuesday morning (April 30).

Inspector Chris Pearson, Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for Gedling, said: “Nationally thieves are targeting vehicles which have keyless entry systems using digital scanners allowing the car to be unlocked without a trace of forced entry or damage.

“Regular remote locking fobs which require the car owner to press a button are not vulnerable to these crimes, it is only those cars which allow the owner to approach and unlock the car with the keys still in their pocket.”

Both vehicles were recovered but no arrests have been made at this stage.

Inspector Chris Pearson added: “I would urge anyone with a keyless entry system to check whether the fob can be switched off overnight. Speak to your dealer about software updates and whether new key fobs with added security are available.

“People should store keys away from household entry points. A keyless fob should be stored as far into your home as is possible, hampering a criminal’s ability to detect and relay its signal.

“Signal blocking pouches (Faraday pouches) will block the signal from a keyless entry fob. Keeping your keyless entry fob out of sight is not enough – thieves only need to gain proximity to the key to amplify the signal.”

Anyone who has further information or see any suspicious activities are urged to call 101.