Technology has come along in leaps and bounds recently, but unfortunately, so have the techniques that criminals use to steal cars and vehicles. Modern technology means that thieves are able to “hack” your car’s computer and start the vehicle without a key fob; driving away in record time. This new threat is known as a relay attack, and according to statistics from Tracker, as many as 96% of motorists could be at risk of falling victim to this threat.
Relay attacks most commonly involve one person standing by the targeted vehicle, with another standing near the house with a device that can pick up the signal from the keys. Due to this typical arrangement, this type of theft is most commonly carried out in residential areas when vehicles and keys are likely to be in relatively close proximity.
How can you protect your car from relay theft?
One of the simplest ways that you can add extra protection to your vehicle is by blocking the electronic signals from your keys. This can be achieved by storing your keys in sturdy metal boxes or with the use of a Faraday wallet. If you need a makeshift option, metal cased fridges or microwaves can work until you purchase a more permanent blocker. Storing your keys in boxes or wallets also has the additional benefit of hiding them from plain sight; should an attempt at a relay attack be made but keys are out of proximity, thieves are less likely to locate your keys should they then break in.
Physical barriers to moving a car such as wheel clamps can be effective at deterring criminals, and investing in a tracking device may help you if the worst should happen. As much as a tracker does not prevent your car from being stolen, it is able to help the police locate the vehicle in the event that it is. Small changes can help make a big difference to how at risk you are to being targeted by a relay attack. Simply keeping your keys locked away safe and out of sight, and investing in extra security for your car can make a world of difference in ensuring that you aren’t vulnerable.
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