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Tips to avoid keyless car theft

Patrick Christys
May 29, 2019


Do you ever think that if criminals put as much effort into a real job as they do into their illegal behaviour, they'd be millionaires?

They'd probably have a high-flying job in The City, they'd own their own business and they'd be driving around in a brand now Porsche that they'd actually paid for instead of stealing at gunpoint.

They always seem to find innovative ways of making your life a misery.

And now they're stealing your keyless car by using devices that hack into the vehicle's computer system and relay the signal from the key (usually located inside the car owner's house) back to the car. Then, bingo, they're in.

Car companies should be prosecuted for this: You buy a car in good faith and expect it to still be there when you wake up in the morning, not to be in the hands of some opportunistic chav who managed to exploit a design flaw in the security system.

 

Here are seven tips on how to avoid keyless car thefts at home:

1. Keep keys inside a closed drawer and away from windows and doors.

2. Buy or make a bag or container which acts as a Faraday cage. This will help block a key's signal from being transmitted to a relay device.

3. Check your vehicle manual in case it is possible to temporarily turn off the key's wireless signal.

4. Do not forget traditional measures such as a steering wheel lock or car alarm.

5. Make your driveway as secure as possible. Consider installing a bollard or lockable gates to prevent the car being driven off while you sleep.

6. Deter crooks by fitting CCTV cameras to the outside of your home. Keeping the inside of your car tidy and removing signs of expensive equipment such as mobile phone charges will also make your vehicle less of a target.

7. Add a tracking device to your car so it can be recovered in the event it is stolen.

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