Watch these Peterborough car thieves get foiled by owner's simple use of a Faraday bag

This is the moment a pair of Peterborough car thieves are foiled by a simple device - all captured on CCTV.

Thursday, 18th October 2018, 11:22 am
Updated Thursday, 18th October 2018, 12:40 pm
The thieves in action

At 1.50am on Tuesday, October 16, two people attempted to steal a vehicle from Beluga Close in Woodston, Peterborough.

Two people in hooded jackets approach the vehicle parked on the driveway of the victim's home and after a few seconds are successful in opening the vehicle with a device.

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The thieves in action

Whilst one of the thieves gets in to the driver's seat the second person uses a device, similar in size to a laptop, to scan for the key's signal from within the address. The device will pick up the signal from the key, relay it to the the vehicle and enable the engine to be started.

Luckily on this occasion the owner of the vehicle had her key in a Faraday bag, which prevents the signal from being transmitted to the device and preventing the car from starting.

The offenders then left the area.

Sgt Justin Howard said: "Residents are reminded to be vigilant and ensure their vehicles are safe by using a Faraday bag if you have a keyless entry or keyless start vehicle.

How the thieves operate

"The technology criminals now use means that they no longer have to physically enter your address and take you car keys to steal your vehicle.

"Patrols have been stepped up in the area and we are keen to speak with anyone with any information. If you are able to help then please call 101."

An example of a Faraday bay