Update on keyless entry signal theft

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By Capt. Jim Burton

I was informed after my last article that criminals having begun using some sort of cloning device to capture the remote locking device signal for cars and trucks was outdated information. It seems that auto makers have improved remote locking signal security since the mid 1990s, rendering them extremely difficult to capture.

The information for the column Feb. 6 was obtained from a reliable source but again was outdated. I apologize for any confusion I may have caused. I was trying to keep everyone informed about criminal activity I am alerted of.

I do, however, need to remind everyone that locking your car greatly reduces the chance that your car will be burglarized or stolen. Recently along the Corridor we have again experienced several auto burglaries of unlocked cars.

Over the course of a recent weekend there were more than a dozen burglaries in surrounding neighborhoods – and none of the vehicles were locked. Criminals can easily enter an unlocked car, truck or SUV and steal what property they can find. This crime happens very quickly and quietly.

It has been reported that juveniles arrested for these crimes call it “creeping.” Usually the burglar walks along a street, checking car door handles, and when he finds one not locked he easily helps him- or herself to whatever can be taken.

If you see anyone walking around or hear a car door slam at an odd hour, call the Marion County Sheriff’s Office at 732-9111. We are trying to locate these latest criminals and we need your help.

Please lock up your homes and cars and remove valuables from your car. If you have a garage, put the car inside and lock the garage doors. If you see or hear anything suspicious, call immediately so we can respond and investigate.

Capt. Jim Burton is the commander of the Sheriff’s Southwest District office, 9048 S. W. Hwy. 200. For more information, call 402-6060.