Police warning as Walton-le-Dale BMWs targeted by thieves

Posted on - 29th November, 2020 - 9:31am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Lancashire Police, South Ribble News, Walton-le-Dale
BMW stripped interior Pic: South Ribble Police
BMWs have been entered and their interiors stripped Pic: South Ribble Police

A warning has been issued after three recent reports of BMW vehicles in the Walton-le-Dale area being entered and the interiors stripped out.


South Ribble Police are asking car owners to be vigilant and take steps to keep vehicles safe.

Police advice includes:

  • Storing keys away from household entry points
  • Keeping keyless entry fobs in a signal blocking bag
  • Using steering wheel devices

A spokesperson for South Ribble Police said: “Keeping keyless entry fobs out of sight is not enough – thieves only need to get close to the key to amplify the signal.

“Faraday bags can be purchased online and in stores, and these should prevent your signal being intercepted and your vehicle being entered or stolen. 

“You can also consider using steering wheel devices such as the old style u-bend/wheel locks to help prevent cars being moved or steering wheels being stolen.

“Our officers are actively targeting these types of crimes and are in your local area to deter and detect offenders.”

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For more information on protecting vehicles, visit the Lancashire Constabulary website.

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