Cars vulnerable to Keyless Car Theft
You may have heard in the news recently that keyless cars are more vulnerable to theft. German General Automobile Club (ADAC) have found more than 30 brands have made insecure cars including Audi, BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Peugeot, Renault, Skoda and Volvo.
Which? Have stated: “Carmakers have sacrificed the security of scores of modern cars for the sake of convenience,”
“Thieves have been using the relay attack for several years. But the number of vehicles that can be stolen in this way has rocketed because many manufacturers have done nothing to protect their cars from this attack.”
Ways to protect yourself from relay theft
1 – Immobiliser – an immobiliser will stop the vehicle being started unless a “tag” or code is entered into the vehicle first. These are from £220 for a transponder immobiliser or up to £399 for a Ghost immobiliser.
2- Turn off or disable the keyless entry feature – Check with your manufacturer if it’s possible and how.
3 – Store keys away from doors and windows – even if your vehicle doesn’t have keyless entry this is a good idea for general security.
4 – Faraday bag – this is a metal lined bag that can block the keys signal. Ensure you double check the bags effectiveness by putting your key into the bag and walking to the car to unlock it.
5 – Steering wheel lock – although this may seem old school it is still a deterrent to persuade a thief to look elsewhere.
If you’d like any other information or advice about relay theft and your vehicle please call us on 01622 737393, text 07890973339 or contact us.