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A recent article from the Daily Mail has provided us with
some shocking statistics and made us aware of the high-tech crimes that are
taking place all over the country.
are thieves taking off with keyless cars with ease? The answer is by using a swift and silent
technique so successful that it's one of the major factors behind car thefts in
England a Wales hitting a six-year high last year.Yesterday official figures showed the
number of cars reported stolen to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in
2017 rose to 43,308 — up almost 9,000 since 2016.
Yet crime surveys from the Office for
National Statistics suggest the true figure is even higher, with 89,000
vehicles stolen in England and Wales last year. In certain areas, such as the
West Midlands, car theft has soared by 80 per cent.
Insurers paid out a record £271 million
in theft claims in the first nine months of this year, says the Association for
British Insurers, with keyless theft the 'main driver'.
'relay' theft occurs when two thieves work together to break into keyless cars.
They use equipment to capture electromagnetic signals emitted by key fobs.
One thief stands by the car with a
transmitter, while the other stands by the house with another, which picks up
the signal from the electronic key, usually kept near the front door on a table
This is then relayed to the transmitter
by the vehicle, causing it to think the key is in close proximity and prompting it to open. Thieves can then drive the
vehicle away thanks to the keyless ignition and quickly replace locks and entry
devices.Any vehicle with keyless entry could be vulnerable
to relay theft. These include cars from BMW, Ford, Audi, Land Rover, Volkswagen
The same method could conceivably be used in a car
park. And the distance between the device and key could be up to nine metres.
The new MP9046 car
key signal blocker is the perfect protection for car keys and electronic
key fobs against radio frequency theft; once your keys, bank card or
phone is sealed inside the pouch, the signal capabilities are blocked. The
pouch can block Wi-Fi, GSM, LTE, NFC and RF.
You can find out more about the car key signal blocker and also read the full article here.
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