Waterloo Regional Police have issued a warning to area residents after three Dodge Ram pickup trucks were stolen in one night in Kitchener using relay and reprogramming technology.
Police say the incidents occurred sometime overnight between Friday and Saturday as the trucks were taken from three different homes in the Pioneer Park area, with two occurring near Pioneer and Upper Canada drives while the third occurred near Bechtel Drive and Doon Village Road.
They say all of the trucks were newer-model, high-end vehicles with keyless entry and push start technology.
Police say suspects which use relay and reprogramming technology get near a house where they can locate the key fob signal for a vehicle. They then amplify and transfer the signal in order to unlock, start and steal a vehicle.
They say that in many cases, the theft goes undetected until the next morning, when the owner wakes up to find the vehicle gone although they still have to fob to start it.
Police offered tips for residents to protect their vehicle including blocking access to the onboard diagnostic port, using a steering wheel lock and keeping your keys in a secure bag to block cell signals.
They also suggest that residents add an aftermarket GPS tracker on their vehicles to help police track them in case they are pilfered and to keep your vehicle locked at all times.