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Police warning: Keep your keyless entry fob away from your car


BELOIT (WKOW) - A thief or thieves stole a wallet from a Beloit woman's car even though she locked the doors. The reason? Police say she hung her keyless entry fob nearby, automatically unlocking the vehicle.

Some keyless entry systems allow drivers to open their vehicles without even having to press a button. They only need to be within several feet of their vehicle and the doors will unlock.

Beloit police posted the revelation as a public service announcement on their Facebook page Monday.

Authorities responded to the home at 4:38 a.m. in the 1600 block of Sherman Avenue and discovered the car had a keyless entry system.

The woman insisted she locked the car door, but an officer found that because she hung her keys just inside the door to her house, the fob was still close enough to trigger the keyless entry.

"We know that a lot of people hang their keys close to the door to their driveway so that you don't lose them," police said. "We would suggest you add a little more distance from your keys to your car if you have a proximity lock. It was a new one for us, so please pass this on."

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