Keyless theft, also known as Relay Theft, is when a thief hacks the keys to a ‘keyless entry’ car through a device from outside the victim’s house.
In this kind of theft, all that a thief needs is to be close to the sensor key and he can easily hack its signal to unlock your car and drive away.
That said, it is important to know that there are two kinds of keys – one that has a button to unlock and the second, keys with sensors that unlock your car as soon as you reach near the doors.
Typically, in a relay theft, it is the key with sensors that is a risk; so much so that a thief only needs to be a few meters away from the key to hack the key using ‘relay’ equipment.
It hardly takes them 20-30 seconds to do this, thus, you need to undertake certain measures on your end to prevent the possibilities of keyless car theft.
So without further ado, let’s look at some of these measures!
1. Use Faraday Pouches
Ideally, if you have a keyless car entry, you should make sure that you keep those keys away from the doors and windows to not give away any opportunities to the thief to steal.
Alternatively, you can store your keys in a box, bag or pouch to keep the sensors intact and avoid keyless thefts. Remember to do this with all spare keys too.
This is where Faraday pouches come in – they are specially designed to block access to these signals from transmitting the embedded system to your car unless you remove the keys from it.
The secret is in its making; it’s lined with metallic material which protects the keys.
All in all, a simple investment in Signal blocking pouches or faraday pouches will help you to avoid your car getting stolen.
2. Use a Steering Wheel Lock or Car Alarms
With the advances in the best automotive security service providers, we are lucky to have ample alternatives when one system doesn’t work for your car.
One of them being Steering wheel locks – they are common but effective, in a way that even if the thief manages to break into this lock, it still buys you time to take necessary actions.
Similarly, with car alarms, once your security system realises the presence of an outside intruder, the alarms take over and inform all your neighbourhood about the possible burglary.
Moreover, modern-day thieves are more technologically affluent, so who knows? Having installed visual securities, i.e. steering wheel locks can completely work in your favour.
3. Reprogramme Timely
Forgetfulness is a common human trait, so time and again you need to be on your feet with everything that happens around you.
Simply put, especially in cases where you have bought a second-hand keyless car, you need to reprogram its encryption to avoid car thefts.
It is also possible that you have not been provided with all the sets of keys, so make sure you ask the seller to provide you with all of them at the time of purchase.
Lastly, make sure that you get your keys reprogrammed from an expert and experienced service provider for safe results.
4. Park Defensively
Parking defensively is the minimum that you should do for securing your car from your end. If you’re parking your car in the garage for the entire night, you’re acing it!
However, in all honesty, people do tend to park their cars in driveways more often than you can think of. In this case, make sure you are parking your car close to your property, to have quick accessibility if required and for difficult access for the thief.
To Sum Up…
Car thefts in general are not in human control. All you can do is try to take as many proactive steps as possible to make sure it doesn’t happen to you.
Along with the points being mentioned above, make sure you do the bare minimum. This includes locking the car properly when you leave the car, not keeping any gadgets inside the parked car, having necessary security cameras installed near your house and timely maintenance of all the mandatory security systems.