Glasgow police have issued a warning after 28 vehicles were stolen in the city within the first month of 2023.
Particularly noting an increase in keyless car thefts, superintendent Natalie Carr asked owners to be more vigilant and try to protect themselves from thieves.
Land Rovers and Range Rovers are being specifically targeted by criminals who use technology to steal cars.
Supt Carr said: “This has an impact both financially and personally and I want to reassure the public that we have a dedicated team of officers investigating these crimes who are working with our colleagues across Scotland and our partner agencies.”
“Keep your car keys or fobs in a safe place ideally away from open view and away from the vehicle’s proximity, if possible within a signal blocker pouch,” she advised.
“We are treating this increase with the utmost seriousness and want to provide communities with all the information they require to help stop their vehicles being targeted.”
Using a garage or a driveway, parking in well-lit areas preferably covered by CCTV and investing in a tracking device are all good ways to try and protect your car.
Ms Carr added: “Officers will be increasing patrols across the city to deter this crime, but I would ask the public to report any suspicious activity to Police Scotland on 101, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
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