New model Dodge Ram pickup trucks targeted for theft in Bolton

If you have a newer model Dodge RAM pickup truck, you might want to take some theft-prevention measures.

If you have a newer model Dodge RAM pickup truck, you might want to take some theft-prevention measures.

Caledon OPP said there has been a recent trend of thefts of the trucks.

Police are investigating eight incidents that were reported between Aug. 3 and 15.

The vehicles were all stolen from residential driveways between the hours of about 2 and 4 am

“Today’s auto thieves are increasingly turning to technology that bypasses security systems allowing vehicles to be stolen,” said Const. Joe Brisebois in a media release.

“Electronic auto theft is on the rise as more vehicles are equipped with technology such as keyless entry fobs.”

Thieves are able to copy fob information to steal a vehicle.

The term “relay thefts” involves the use of equipment designed to boost and exploit the signals sent out by a vehicle’s legitimate key fob. This allows a thief to unlock and start an engine of a vehicle remotely.

What can you do to protect your vehicle? Police offered some tips.

• Ensure your vehicle keys are kept well away from doors and windows.

• Use a signal blocking pouch/box — it can block your key fob from transmitting its code to the vehicle as the pouch is lined with layers or metallic material.

• Turn off the keyless fob wireless signal at night (refer to your car manual for instructions).

• Use a steering wheel lock or car alarm — this could add a significant delay or be a deterrent for thieves.

• Consider a secondary audible car alarm — which works by using sensors placed at different points of your vehicle.

• Park in the garage (if possible).

• Insert a car tracker — unusual activity is monitored, and car can be tracked using GPS if stolen.

Criminals may also steal vehicles with the intention to steal personal identification — such as licences, insurance, vehicle ownerships, passports, as well as mobile devices or laptops.

• Never leave a running vehicle unattended.

• Lock your doors.

• Roll up your windows.

• Keep valuables out of sight.

• Keep your registration and proof of insurance in your wallet or purse, not in the glove box.

• Pocket your keys.

• At night, or during extended parking periods, always park in a well-lit area.

If you see unusual activity in your community, report it to the police.

Make note of vehicle license plates if you can. You can also provide information anonymously by contacting Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.peelcrimestoppers.ca.

When you contact Crime Stoppers you stay anonymous, you never have to testify, and you could receive a cash reward of up to $2,000 upon an arrest.

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