Last month, I blogged about a new spate of Keyless car thefts involving ‘relay boxes’. The concept involves two opportunistic Thieves working in tandem. A vehicle is targeting on the owner’s driveway. One thief stands by the driver’s door while the other positions themself outside the house front door. Both carry ‘relay boxes’.
With the hope that the owner has left their keys near the front door (let’s face it most of us do this), the signal broadcast by the key fob is picked up by the box held by the thief standing by the front door. It is then ‘relayed’ to the accomplice, who is then able to open the door and start the vehicle using the keyless start system. The thieves then make away with the vehicle.
Watch two car thieves here using the technique to steal this Mercedes from the owner’s drive.
Here are some tips on safeguarding your car from this sort of crime:
- Get in touch with your dealer. See if there are any new software updates to combat this type of theft.
- See if there is any way to turn your keyless entry fob off overnight.
- Don’t store your keys near household entry points. Thieves don’t need to see the keys to access the signal.
- Keep your eyes peeled for any suspicious activity going on in your neighbourhood.
- Make a review of your vehicle’s security. Consider purchasing an up-to-date steering wheel lock.
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