Saint Lucia police suspect that some car thieves in this country may have acquired devices that could disable car alarms, a senior law enforcement official has said.
Another senior law enforcement official told St Lucia Times that the matter is being looked into.
Both spoke on condition of anonymity against the backdrop of a recent upsurge in car thefts.
“We know that computerised vehicles can be hacked,” one of the officials stated.
As a result, he advised car owners to take measures to reduce the likelihood of theft of or from their vehicles.
This included parking in a well lit area, removing items of value, installing a ‘high end’ alarm system and making use of the club steering wheel lock and brake pedal locks.
According to the law enforcement official, vehicle owners may also choose to inscribe some sort of identifying mark on their windscreen.
In addition, he advised vehicle owners to ensure that when they leave their vehicles that they are actually locked.
Last month, police announced that that the number of vehicle thefts recorded were 15 in August, 16 in September and 15 in October.
In July this year, Police Commissioner, Severin Moncherry, told reporters that a special team of law enforcement persons had been assigned to deal with the spike in vehicle thefts.