A warning has gone out about possible thieves using high-tech techniques to break into cars over the weekend.

On Monday morning, Greater Manchester Police’s Little Hulton, Walkden, Ellenbrook and Worsley division said they had received various reports over the last few days of people using similar techniques when trying to break into cars.

Officers say that the would-be thieves have been using technology that lets them override central locking systems on cars and have recommended that people using special devices to block this.

Keyless cars are said to be particularly susceptible to this type of car crime.

A spokesperson for GMP’s CSI crime prevention team said: “Unfortunately, over the weekend we have had several reports of vehicles being broken into.

“The offenders are using technology which overrides the central locking and allows access to the vehicle.

“Faraday bags are pouches lined with layers of metallic material that can block the key's signal and we highly recommend using them.

“Please be aware of this method of entry and take care not to leave valuables in your vehicle.”

This comes amid ongoing concerns about car theft, vehicle related crime and anti-social behaviour on the roads in Bolton, Walkden and beyond.

Anyone with any concerns can call police on 101 or alternatively can contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.