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How keyless entry can actually help thieves

NEW ORLEANS -- There's been an uptick in auto burglaries in parts of New Orleans, and while police work to try and catch those responsible, officers are noticing a new trend they want drivers to be aware of.

Keyless entry is a new technology in cars that drivers seem to like.

"I enjoy it because I never take it out of my pocket, it's one of those you just walk up, you press the little button on the door everything opens up, hop in," said Blake Heymann.

But lately, remoteless entry has turned some drivers into victims.

New Orleans Police have noticed a correlations between key fobs and auto burglaries and thefts. So much so, they've issued a warning to all drivers.

"Put your keys far enough away and put them in metal containers."

The problem is the key fob may be in your house or pocket, but still close enough for the car to read its signal. That means anyone cant get in, or worse, drive off in it.

"We're finding out you can be 10 to 15 feet away from the car and they can start your car and open the door," said Lt. Jennifer Dupree with the New Orleans Police Department.

In the past two weeks alone, there have been 37 auto burglaries in the Uptown area of New Orleans.

"That is extremely high for us and the numbers are extremely disturbing."

Several were because the car was still reading the key fob's sensor.

"We've had residents go into the store and they've started the car and taken the car."

Some drivers said they are aware of the danger and are taking precautions.

"You kind of have to know your car and what's going on with it. I always listen for the beep and I double check, triple check and I take my keys to the back with me and that's just how every day and every night starts and ends," said Kate Spangenberg.