There’s been a sharp increase in the number of cars being stolen over recent years. In fact, last year it was reported that vehicle theft was at a nine-year high. One of the main reasons behind it?...keyless-entry.
You might assume that keyless car technology would make your vehicle less likely to be stolen as it’s new and modern technology, however this isn’t the case.
Car thieves are using sophisticated new methods to gain access to your vehicle whilst your car keys are in your home. Keyless entry systems can be vulnerable to relay attacks or also known as “key cloning”, but don’t panic as we’ve got a few tips to help you keep your vehicle safe (apart from the obvious, always ensuring your car is locked).
Let’s start by explaining what “Relay Attacks” are. Relay attacks are the main method used by car thieves to steal cars with the new keyless entry technology. Thieves use two receivers or transmitters to hijack and relay the signal from the key. The first receiver intercepts this signal and transmits it to the second which is held near to the car. This cloned signal tricks the car's security system, making it believe the key is nearby and allowing them to gain entry and drive off.
The bad news is that this can be done all whilst your car key is safe, within the walls of your home.
How to Prevent Relay Attacks
Use a Steering Wheel Lock
It’s old-school and a prevention method that’s been used for years, but it’s sure to deter thieves from targeting your car. If any thieves want to take on the challenge, they’ll find that the steering wheel lock prevents your car from moving.
Use a Signal Blocking Pouch
By placing your car keys into a signal blocking pouch, you can stop thieves from cloning the signal given off by them. These types of pouches are lined with layers of metallic material, making a safe home for your keys.
Use your Garage
Many homes come with garages, but few people use them for their primary function - housing a car. By keeping your vehicle in your garage you are adding another layer of protection and another deterrent to car thieves.
We’ve mentioned this on previous posts, but one of the most important tips we can give you is this. By removing valuables such as SatNavs, wallets and mobile phones from your vehicle you’re not going to be drawing attention to it.
If you’re spending out on a vehicle with keyless entry, the chances are it’s pretty new and pricey. It’s only natural that you’re going to want to protect it.
By following the above measures you will make your vehicle look less enticing to car thieves and at the same time, ensure your car stays on your driveway or wherever else you may keep it parked.
If you would like to chat to us about keeping your keyless entry vehicle safe, please get in touch.