(KRON) — The San Mateo Police Division is reporting a rise in automotive thefts over the previous 12 months, they usually say it has particularly ticked up over the previous few months.
Hyundai automobiles are particularly in danger attributable to a flaw in the best way their ignition is designed, based on police. Different automobiles which may be focused are work vehicles and vans just like the Ford E-Sequence, and Dodge Challengers and Chargers, SMPD stated.
The work automobiles are being stolen attributable to toolboxes and racks, whereas thieves are making gadgets known as “repeaters” to mimic the Dodge automobiles’ key fobs.
“To forestall this, maintain your key fob as distant out of your parked automotive as you may, particularly when parked at residence,” SMPD stated.
One other tip shared by police is to purchase a GPS monitoring gadget, put it someplace contained in the automotive, and hyperlink it to your cellphone. This makes it simpler for police to search out the automotive whether it is stolen.
Different ideas embody putting in safety cameras, parking in well-lit areas and eradicating all valuables from inside. If you happen to discover your individual automobile after it has been stolen, police advocate you don’t drive it till police authorize you to take action.