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Car theft but at a loss

to explain how my car was opened and golf clubs stolen out of the boot. No sign of forced entry at all. I double checked that the car was locked before entering the lift to my flat. When I came down the next morning on entering the car noticed it was rather messy inside. Nothing valuable inside but on checking the boot my golf clubs and trolley were missing.

Home insurance company are a bit sceptical on how this could happen without alarms being set off? To be honest I am at a loss too. Is there anybody here had a similar experience?

This is in the UK (aberdeen).
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This is probably cold comfort, but a couple of days ago, I was loading shopping into the boot in a multi-storey car park, when I heard the clunking sound of door locks operating nearby. It was the BMW parked next to me, which had unlocked and the satnav screen was also glowing brightly. I looked around for the driver, who was nowhere to be seen. In fact the whole floor was deserted. Some time later the car decided to lock itself. So weird things can happen with remote locking, but getting an insurance firm to understand might be difficult. It does look though that you car was specifically targeted and wasn't opportune. Could someone have acquired a duplicate key?
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I keep my car keys in my side pocket and I find that sometimes when I bend forward the car locks operate.

Mainly on my Range Rover, but it has happened with other cars.

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I keep my car keys in my side pocket and I find that sometimes when I bend forward the car locks operate.

Mainly on my Range Rover, but it has happened with other cars.

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I have also done this on more than one occasion, I have noticed this when bending down washing it.
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Do our cars not relock automatically, say after a minute or so, if a door/trunk is not opened?

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Do our cars not relock automatically, say after a minute or so, if a door/trunk is not opened?
I don't think mine does but I know my Seat does this.
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Do our cars not relock automatically, say after a minute or so, if a door/trunk is not opened?
My Range Rover Sport does re-lock automatically if a door isn't opened once unlocked, but not my 300C.

When I've left my wife sat in the Range Rover while I've nipped into a shop she has told me the Range Rover locks operated quite a number of times, obviously when I accidently operate the keys in my side pocket.

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I double checked that the car was locked
How did you do this? Did you try a door handle? The reason I ask is that it is possible for the remote signal to be jammed, either accidentally or deliberately, to prevent locking. When locking my car, I always check the door buttons go down and then try a handle to confirm. I never rely on pressing the lock button whilst walking away from the car, which I see a lot of other drivers doing.
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How did you do this? Did you try a door handle? The reason I ask is that it is possible for the remote signal to be jammed, either accidentally or deliberately, to prevent locking. When locking my car, I always check the door buttons go down and then try a handle to confirm. I never rely on pressing the lock button whilst walking away from the car, which I see a lot of other drivers doing.
I have heard of the signal being jammed by wireless doorbells of all things. Although, how is a mystery.

I've also done the inadvertent trouser pocket button pushing.

My car definitely doesn't lock itself if left unattended. I had a load of stuff nicked out of the boot a few months ago. I got distracted by rain shower while unloading and forgot to lock it.
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