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CCTV released in hunt for steering wheel thieves

By Luke May

Police have issued CCTV footage in the hunt for thieves pinching steering wheels from high-priced cars.

Since November, steering wheels have been stolen from BMWs, Mercedes and Audis in areas including Maidstone, Sevenoaks and Longfield.

Footage of two men during an alleged theft near Chatham has now been released.

Police have released CCTV footage of two men.
Police have released CCTV footage of two men.

The footage captures two men who police want to identify, following thealleged theft in Tunbury Avenue in Walderslade on November 23.

Officers have been dealing with the reported thefts since November, with some car owners' dashboard computers also being stolen.

Last week, footage emerged of thieves targeting vehicles in Ashford.

DC Tony Hatcher said: "We are urging motorists to remain vigilant and to carry out some simple steps which may reduce their chances of being a victim of crime.

"These include using a steering lock or ensuring that if you have a garage that the vehicle is locked inside.

"Thieves are sometimes also able to fool security systems for keyless vehicles. To prevent this we would recommend owners check if their keyless entry fobs can be turned off overnight and to also store them away from any household entry points.

"Drivers can also store their fobs in special bags, which can be bought from retailers to prevent any unwanted communication between the vehicle and its keys.

"If you are unsure contact your vehicle manufacturer or local dealer for advice."

Thieves are thought to use equipment that transfers the frequency of wireless fobs to unlock car doors.

Police are also advising owners to invest in CCTV and sensors to detect when someone enters their driveway, while also removing all valuable items overnight.

Owners can also have valuables security marked, making them harder to sell if stolen.

If you recognise these men or have any information, call police on 01622 604100 quoting reference YY/34997/17, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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