4 Tips To Prevent The Possibility of Keyless Car Theft

Keyless theft, also known as Relay Theft, is when a thief hacks the keys to a ‘keyless entry’ car through a device from outside the victim’s house. 

In this kind of theft, all that a thief needs is to be close to the sensor key and he can easily hack its signal to unlock your car and drive away. 

That said, it is important to know that there are two kinds of keys – one that has a button to unlock and the second, keys with sensors that unlock your car as soon as you reach near the doors. 

Typically, in a relay theft, it is the key with sensors that is a risk; so much so that a thief only needs to be a few meters away from the key to hack the key using ‘relay’ equipment. 

It hardly takes them 20-30 seconds to do this, thus, you need to undertake certain measures on your end to prevent the possibilities of keyless car theft. 

So without further ado, let’s look at some of these measures! 

1. Use Faraday Pouches 

Ideally, if you have a keyless car entry, you should make sure that you keep those keys away from the doors and windows to not give away any opportunities to the thief to steal. 

Alternatively, you can store your keys in a box, bag or pouch to keep the sensors intact and avoid keyless thefts. Remember to do this with all spare keys too. 

This is where Faraday pouches come in – they are specially designed to block access to these signals from transmitting the embedded system to your car unless you remove the keys from it. 

The secret is in its making; it’s lined with metallic material which protects the keys. 

All in all, a simple investment in Signal blocking pouches or faraday pouches will help you to avoid your car getting stolen. 

2. Use a Steering Wheel Lock or Car Alarms 

With the advances in the best automotive security service providers, we are lucky to have ample alternatives when one system doesn’t work for your car. 

One of them being Steering wheel locks – they are common but effective, in a way that even if the thief manages to break into this lock, it still buys you time to take necessary actions. 

Similarly, with car alarms, once your security system realises the presence of an outside intruder, the alarms take over and inform all your neighbourhood about the possible burglary. 

Moreover, modern-day thieves are more technologically affluent, so who knows? Having installed visual securities, i.e. steering wheel locks can completely work in your favour. 

3. Reprogramme Timely

Forgetfulness is a common human trait, so time and again you need to be on your feet with everything that happens around you. 

Simply put, especially in cases where you have bought a second-hand keyless car, you need to reprogram its encryption to avoid car thefts. 

It is also possible that you have not been provided with all the sets of keys, so make sure you ask the seller to provide you with all of them at the time of purchase. 

Lastly, make sure that you get your keys reprogrammed from an expert and experienced service provider for safe results. 

4. Park Defensively 

Parking defensively is the minimum that you should do for securing your car from your end. If you’re parking your car in the garage for the entire night, you’re acing it! 

However, in all honesty, people do tend to park their cars in driveways more often than you can think of. In this case, make sure you are parking your car close to your property, to have quick accessibility if required and for difficult access for the thief. 

To Sum Up… 

Car thefts in general are not in human control. All you can do is try to take as many proactive steps as possible to make sure it doesn’t happen to you. 

Along with the points being mentioned above, make sure you do the bare minimum. This includes locking the car properly when you leave the car, not keeping any gadgets inside the parked car, having necessary security cameras installed near your house and timely maintenance of all the mandatory security systems.

Do you live in a UK car theft hotspot?

Gareth Herincx

3 days ago
Auto News

Vehicle crime and car theft

Make sure you take steps to protect your vehicle – especially if you live in London and you drive one of Britain’s most popular cars.

Co-op Insurance has carried out a four-year study based on actual claims and nine out of the Top 10 car theft postcodes are located in London.

Top 20 UK vehicle theft hotspots (by frequency of claims)

1.        Lambeth
2.        Kensington and Chelsea
3.        Ealing
4.        Southwark
5.        Lewisham
6.        Wandsworth
7.        Greenwich
8.        Hounslow
9.        Watford
10.     Westminster
11.     Hammersmith and Fulham
12.     Three Rivers
13.     Preston
14.     Slough
15.     Spelthorne
16.     Stevenage
17.     Barking and Dagenham
18.     Havering
19.     Peterborough
20.     Southampton
*Co-op Insurance, 2016-2020

The research also revealed the makes and models of cars most targeted by criminals, with popular family cars (Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus and Vauxhall Corsa) heading the list.

“Having your car stolen is one of the most distressing experiences a person can endure and sadly, it is still something that blights everyday life, particularly in our cities,” said Paul Evans, head of motor insurance at Co-op Insurance.

“Our claims data shows that car crime rates in London have remained continuously high, but it’s interesting to see that places like Preston and Stockport are also emerging hotspots in the North.”

Top 10 cars with a theft claim reported (as a % of total theft claims)

1.        Ford Fiesta
2.        Ford Focus
3.        Vauxhall Corsa
4.        Vauxhall Astra
5.        Volkswagen Golf
6.        Land Rover Evoque
7.        Land Rover Discovery
8.        Audi A3
9.        Mercedes C Class
10.     Audi A4
*Co-op Insurance, 2016-2020

TV consumer champion and former car dealer, Dominic Littlewood, added: “Whether our cars are parked on the driveway or in an urban car park, they are vulnerable to car thieves who are becoming increasingly well organised in targeting the vehicles on their wish list.

“There are a number of really simple steps that car owners can take to make sure their vehicle doesn’t look so appealing – from simply turning your car wheels to face the kerb and investing in some simple deterrents like steering wheel locks.

“And don’t think it won’t happen to you, cheaper makes and models are becoming more attractive than ever to thieves. It’s also important to get the right car insurance in place so if the worst does happen, you’ll get the money to buy another car quickly and conveniently.”

 Find out the car crime rates in your area – https://www.coop.co.uk/insurance/hub/park-smart.

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