Is your motor at risk from car thieves?
As long as there have been cars, there have been car thieves - and they’re the ultimate nuisance for any driver. There is no worse feeling than returning back to where you know you left your car, only to be confronted by an empty space.
And with the advancement of technology, robbers have a new potential weak point to target: keyless cars.
According to car recovery firm Tracker, 92% of all cars they recovered in 2019 had been stolen without using car keys. That’s a 26% increase on the same figures from just four years ago. Thieves seem to be getting wise to the new tech, so it’s vitally important that motorists remain vigilant.
The crooks are able to create special devices capable of unlocking certain models without needing the key fob - or even signal boosters which enable them to hack in to your keys inside your home!
As a result, your car can be stolen in under ten seconds.
According to Tracker data, the Range Rover Sport is the most targeted vehicle by thieves.
The BMW X5 is also frequently targeted, as is the Mercedes Benz C - Class, with the Land Rover Discovery and a range of other Mercedes and BMW vehicles could be at risk.
While expensive, luxury vehicles (and particularly 4x4s) are flavour of the month with criminals, don’t assume that just because you drive a more modest motor, you aren’t at risk.
Tracker point out that the least valuable stolen car they recovered was a VW Polo valued at £575 - even if you drive an old banger, clearly these thieves will target anything.
This kind of car theft is big business for crooks, with many of the stolen motors being shipped abroad for sale on the black market.
And 65% of these thefts happen right outside car owners’ houses - so it’s important to keep your home safe, too.
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