MOTORISTS are being warned after a series of thefts from motor vehicles parked at motorway service stations.

In the space of a month, Thames Valley Police recorded 23 thefts from motorists parked in three service stations across Berkshire. 

Offenders gained entry to the vehicles without causing any damage and stole items from the boot while the motorists were inside the service station.

A pair of men from West Drayton, Middlesex, have both been arrested after an incident at Reading services on February 22 2018, they were released under investigation while enquiries continue. 

Sergeant Alan Hawkett, from the Neighbourhood Policing Team at Newbury Police Station, said: "Following the arrest of two men earlier this year, we have intelligence to suggest that a jamming device is being used to commit these offences.

"When switched on, the device will block the signal from the motorist's vehicle key, preventing the vehicle from locking and allowing the criminal to have access.

"Using such a device is illegal under the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006.

"Our advice for motorists stopping at motorway service stations across the county is to look and listen for confirmation that their vehicle has locked before walking away from it.

"You should manually check the door handle after attempting to lock your car and never leave any valuables in the vehicle. If you are not able to lock your vehicle using your key remote, please do not leave it unattended, as this could be a sign that a jammer is being used nearby.

"Please do not approach these individuals. Instead you should report any suspicious activity to police immediately by dialling 999. Alternatively, you can report information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."