Keyless car theft seems to be on the rise again. I’m seeing more and more posts on social media from distressed people who have woken up in the morning to find that their car has been stolen from their driveway.
What Is Keyless Car Theft?
Keyless car theft is where criminals use electronic equipment to capture the signal that a key emits for keyless entry and project it to a device near the car. This makes the car think that the key is nearby, allowing the thief to open the car using the handle, press the ‘start’ button and drive away.
What Is Keyless Entry?
Not all cars have keyless entry. I know mine doesn’t! Keyless entry is where you can unlock your car just by walking up to it, you can then get into it and press a button to start the engine. All without taking your key out of your pocket. If you have to press a button on your key fob to open your car, you’re safe from this.
How can I Prevent This?
The easiest way to prevent this is to keep your key in an RFID protection pouch. These block the signal from being released, stopping the thieves from being able to transmit it.
Some car keys, but not all, have the function to turn off the keyless fob. You should be able to find information about this in your vehicles manual. If not, you can always check with the manufacturer or a mechanic.
Other forms of protection include, steering locks, alarms and parking in a garage.