Security firm offer advice to stop keyless car theft

By Charlotte Whyatt - Wed 29th Nov 2017
Security firm offer advice to stop keyless car theft

Experts at security firm Thatcham Research have issued advice to drivers of keyless cars which will allow them to better protect their vehicles against being stolen.

It comes in the wake of a recent spate of keyless car thefts in which criminals have used various readily-available tools like relay boxes to intercept the signal given out by the car’s key fob and fool it into unlocking itself.

Thatcham suggest that, if possible, drivers should turn their key fobs off overnight or alternatively store it in a signal blocking pouch which are readily and cheaply available from many online retailers.

You should also make sure you stow your fob away in a safe place out of sight and away from any of your home’s entry points.

It always pays to be vigilant around your neighbourhood and local area so be sure to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity and report anything unusual to the police.

Contacting your dealership is also an excellent idea as they’ll be able to talk you through all of your car’s digital features and how exactly to activate any security measures they might possess.

Lastly, Thatcham recommend that you fit out your vehicle with some additional physical security devices. Although expensive options like tracking devices are obviously incredibly useful, something as simple as a steering wheel lock still serves as serious deterrent to thieves.

“Keyless entry systems on cars offer convenience to drivers, but can in some situations be exploited by criminals,” said Richard Billyeald, chief technical officer at Thatcham. “Concerned drivers should contact their dealer for information and guidance, and follow our simple security steps.”

“We are working closely with the police and vehicle manufacturers to address this vulnerability.”

Source: I News