High-tech car thieves spark a police warning to keyless drivers - The Evesham Observer

High-tech car thieves spark a police warning to keyless drivers

Evesham Editorial 2nd Sep, 2018   0

POLICE are warning owners of cars with keyless entry and ignition to beware of thieves.

They say although this technology is advantageous for the driver, it also means the vehicle can be unlocked and started remotely by car thieves.

They do this by using wireless transmitters to capture a vehicle’s radio transmission, which is then relayed to another device held close to the key fob that might be in a pocket at a motorway services or close by at home.

The fob is fooled into thinking it is next to the car and the vehicle can be unlocked.




Once the thief is inside the car, the process can be repeated to start the engine.

In a bid to combat this, a protective wallet for the key fob can be used.


There are number of key fob pouch protectors available on the market and Police are advising that it should be used at all times to safeguard vehicles with the keys being placed in the sleeve to stop the signal from being transmitted.

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