A growing number of cars are being stolen via relay theft. According to Tracker, a car security company, 88% of the stolen vehicles fitted with one of their devices had a keyless car system. Relay car theft has been on the rise for a number of years. Tracker says relay theft accounted for 66% of stolen vehicles in 2016 and 80% in 2017.
Most people would think a car fitted with the latest and greatest technology would be less vulnerable to relay theft. However, it’s this technology that makes these cars more vulnerable, with thieves stealing cars in under a minute. But, fortunately, you don’t have to avoid buying your favourite car because of its keyless system. There are ways you can protect yourself from the devastation and financial burden of relay theft and it starts with looking after your car key fob.
Where do you keep your keys?
With relay theft, thieves don’t need to force their way into your home to steal your keys. They can take your car from outside your property using a device designed to transmit the signal from your key fob to your car and open the doors remotely. However, they need a vague idea of where your car keys are to transmit the signal.
Some thieves guess, as many people are predictable and leave their keys near the front door or in the hallway. You should keep your keys away from windows and doors, and in a place that you wouldn’t always assume someone would keep their keys. This makes it much harder for thieves to find your key fob and manipulate the signal.
Keep your keys in a metal tin
Keeping your car key fob in a metal container, or even aluminium foil, can block the signal and reduce your risk of relay theft. It’s a low-tech solution and might not be the safest option if you’re a forgetful person, but it can help lower your risk.
Switch off your key
It’s not always obvious, but in some cases, you can turn your keyless car fob off. It may require a special pattern of clicks, however. To find out if you can do this with yours, it’s best to look in the car manual or ask the manufacturer. Do note, not all fobs have this feature.
Get Keyless Protector
By far the simplest way to protect your car from relay theft is to purchase Keyless Protector. It’s a small device that slips around the battery in your car key fob and prevents thieves from stealing your car. It’s a lot easier than messing around with tinfoil twice a day or remembering to put your keys in a tin, and it also means you can have the luxury of leaving your keys wherever you like without worrying if your car is at risk.
Keyless Protector is small but powerful and can give you peace of mind when it comes to relay theft. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice convenience because of a small minority of thieves. Get yours today by visiting our website.