Signal blockers don’t always work to protect your car from keyless theft – here’s how to keep your motor safe
SIGNAL blocking security measures can’t guarantee that your car will be protected from keyless theft.
Security experts are urging drivers to lock up their vehicle over night to stop thieves getting access to the keys signal.
Signal blocking boxes and pouches are commonly used to prevent thieves from getting access to the unique signal from your key that can open your car.
But some drivers have had their vehicles stolen despite having their keys locked away in a signal blocking box.
Keri Yates had her £24,000 Range Rover stolen in just 20 seconds outside of her house, despite her keys being locked away in a signal-jamming bag inside her Burntwood house.
Using cheap technology, the thief was able to capture the signal from her keys and trick the car into thinking it was nearby.
She told BirminghamLive: “He touched the back of the car and started to fumble around in his pocket. It was gone in 24 seconds.
“I’ve got a Faraday bag, which is meant to stop the cloning of car keys.
“Apparently they’re only good when you go away on holiday, it doesn’t work if you keep putting your keys back in and out.”
A Thatcham Research spokesman previously told AutoExpress: “We have tested a few of the pouches and the ones we’ve assessed have worked, but we can’t guarantee they all will.
“Some pouches have two pockets, for example, only one of which will block signals, while there are so many on the market it’s simply not possible for us to test them all.”
HOW TO AVOID KEYLESS CAR THEFT
- Use a steering wheel lock: This old-school method could deter thieves from stealing your car in the first place.
- Double check: Listen out for the sound of your doors locking and if you don’t hear it make sure to double check.
- Fit a tracker: These devices can alert you when your car is active and if it’s travelling in a new area.
- Switch your key fob off: Some manufacturers have included a power setting in the key fob which can be turned off overnight
- CCTV: Cameras will often deter thieves from stealing your car and can be used to locate the person who stole it.
- Neighbourhood watch: Always report any suspicious behaviour in your community to the police.
- Lock it away: Thieves are less likely to target your car if it’s locked away in a secure garage.
- Keep updated with latest software: Many manufacturers are now updating their in-car security systems to stay ahead of these attacks
But there are other ways you can protect your motor from keyless attacks.
Many manufacturers are now updating their in-car security systems to stay ahead of these attacks, so remember to download any security updates from their websites to further safeguard your motor.
If you still fear that yours will be accessed, it’s possible to manually turn it off electronic fobs over night.
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Fitting an old-fashion steering wheel lock to your car will also deter thieves from nicking your car, as well as locking your car in secured garage.
If thieves do steal your motor, CCTV cameras can help police identify your car and the people who have stolen it.
It may also pay to install a tracking device into your car which can send you an alert if the car isn’t following it’s regular trips.