SD&G OPP see rise in theft of newer keyless vehicles

In this October 2019, file photo, a pickup truck recovered from a vehicle theft ring. SD&G OPP say they're seeing a rise in thefts of vehicles in SD&G with keyless entry and ignition systems by tech-savvy thieves (SD&G OPP via Newswatch Group)

SOUTH GLENGARRY – SD&G OPP are recommending people with newer cars and trucks with keyless entry and ignition systems to install steering wheel locks.

It comes after someone drove away with a silver 2020 Dodge Ram pickup from a Purcell Road driveway some time between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Police say they are seeing more thefts of higher-end and newer cars and trucks like Jeep, Toyota, Lexus and Ford and most of these thefts are happening during the overnight on weekdays.

“The number of incidents is increasing, involving high end and newer vehicles, which are equipped with keyless starting fob systems. The push-start, keyless vehicles are more frequently targeted as thieves can override their electronic ignition systems with hand-held devices,” police said in a news release Thursday.

Police say thieves are using various tools like programmable fobs to override security and ignition systems.

They say the best thing to do is install a steering wheel lock so if a thief can start your car, they can’t drive it away.