07 September, 2018

5 Tips To Prevent Keyless Car Thefts and Help Recover Your Vehicle

Keyless technology makes it easier for thieves to steal your car.....but how can you prevent it?

In 2016 56,000 vehicles were stolen, but by 2017, only 12 months later, that number had risen dramatically to 89,000 vehicles (1). Keyless technology helps make the lives of car owners easier, but it also makes it easier for thieves to steal your car, and make no mistake, it takes 60 seconds to steal your car. This is graphically demonstrated in a video released by West Midlands Police (CLICK HERE).

So what can you do to keep your car in your possession? We have some simple tips.


Put your keys in a signal blocking case, also known as a faraday cage

Signal blocking cases are relatively cheap with some costing as little as £7. They work by preventing the signal that's being emitted from your key escaping outside the back. They're really simple to use, but when you consider your car costs thousands, it's a priceless investment. 

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Take your keys to bed

Thieves want your car, they don't want any interaction with you. When thieves try to steal your car by capturing the signal emitted from your key, they're able to do this because we as car owners make it easy for them. We leaves our keys next to windows or behind doors, places where criminals simply have to walk up to our doors or windows and using a special computer, they're able to capture that signal and use it to steal our cars. Taking your keys to bed simply means the key cannot emit its signal far enough, so criminals can't capture it and they move on to another car.


Physical barriers to prevent thefts

Remember that criminals don't want confrontation or contact with you, they just want your car. They also want to steal your car as quickly as possible. If you can put some physical barriers between them and your car, the harder you will make it for them to steal your car, so they'll be less likely to steal your car. When we talk about physical barriers were talking anywhere from hinged posts on your driveway, keeping it in a garage, wheel clamps, steering locks or simply placing one vehicle in front of the other. All of these will deter criminals from trying to steal your car.


But what if your car is stolen?

It's sad and unfortunate but as we have seen 89,000 vehicles were stolen in 2017. But if your car is stolen there are steps you can take now to help recover your car and they're really simple.

Tracking 

We've all seen Tracker products which are considered to be industry leaders in helping to recover your vehicle if its stolen. In fact they're so effective that Tracker estimate 96% of all vehicles stolen with a Tracker system fitted are recovered (see the Tracker website). But remember, it's not only Tracker offering these products. Tracker costs a couple of hundred pounds, but if you don't want to spend that money then you can buy cheaper alternatives from a variety of sources including Amazon, eBay or your local electrical store. They may not be as good as the Tracker products but something is better than nothing.

CCTV

CCTV is an invaluable tool in the fight against crime, but unfortunately it's only useful once a crime has taken place. Whilst criminals may have their faces covered, a CCTV system may capture evidence that helps the Police to locate those responsible, whether it be a registration number of a vehicle they have used or even something as simple as a distinctive top.


(1) - https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/car-tech/101890/how-to-avoid-keyless-theft