Warning to drivers in Romsley after masked men seen loitering around keyless cars - The Bromsgrove Standard

Warning to drivers in Romsley after masked men seen loitering around keyless cars

Bromsgrove Editorial 15th Oct, 2021 Updated: 15th Oct, 2021   0

A WARNING has been issued to drivers in Romsley after two masked men were seen loitering around two keyless cars in the village.

They were spotted by police from Hagley and Rubery Safer Neighbourhood Team yesterday and the owner was issued with a SmartWater kit.

Officers have reiterated their warning to motorists who own keyless cars to ensure they keep their fobs safe.

If they are within easy reach, thieves can copy the ‘signal’ from the fob by getting close to houses and not even needing to enter the property.




Drivers can acquire ‘Faraday pouches’ which are lined with metal foil so thieves’ devices cannot ‘read’ the signal.

Fobs can also be kept in a metal – or foil lined box – which can also stop the signal from being captured or drivers can turn off the signal until they need to use the cars.


The owner’s manual should detail whether that feature is available.

Motorists can also use immobilisers, steering wheel locks or wheel clamps. As well as stopping thieves from driving off in the cars, the latter two provide a very visible deterrent.

People should ensure their cars are properly locked and fobs are kept away from doors and windows so the signal is no longer in range.

Regular checks should be made for software updates for the car.

Anyone with information on the Romsley incident or any suspicious activity in their area should call police on 101.

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