We’ve seen a recent increase in the number of keyless car thefts, do you know how to protect your keyless car?
Keyless cars are still a relatively new thing, but they’ve become more and more common due to the ease of not needing a key in the ignition to start your car.
But unfortunately, crooks have modernised with us and can still steal your car, even without the key.
As shown in the below graphic, thieves can use a set of relay devices to open and start your car from outside your home.
Thieves only need to be within a few metres of your car key to capture the signal, even if it’s inside your home.
The way they do this is by using two devices. The first device, a relay amplifier is used to pick up the signal transmitted by your key. One of the thieves will walk around the external walls of your house with the amplifier, hoping to detect the signal emitted by the keyless key.
An accomplice will then stand by the car, and when the receiver picks up the key, the second thief’s device will replicate the amplified signal from the key and the car will be fooled into thinking the legitimate owner is there, allowing the vehicle to be unlocked and driven away.
Although this may seem scary, there’s plenty of simple ways to prevent your keyless car from theft:
When at home keep your car key (and any spare keys) away from your car, doors, and windows.
Put your keys in a signal-blocking pouch such as a faraday bag or box. A range of these products can be found for sale online.
Turn off wireless signals on your fob when it's not being used.
Go oldschool and fit a wheel lock or steering wheel clamp.