Criminals are increasingly this new method to break into vehicles across the UK.
The worrying trend sees crooks target motorists in vehicles with keyless entry.
Dubbed the “relay” method, this method involves two criminals – one who intercepts the signal from the key fob, and another who uses the replicated key fob signal to open the car.
One criminal stands close to the vehicle, while another stays close to the key fob.
Using the “relay” method, criminals can drive away in seconds.
“At TRACKER, we are seeing more thefts recorded as ‘stolen without the keys’ which suggests that electronic manipulation and cyber compromise are on the increase,” explains Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER.
“The new relay attack technique has gained significant ground in the US and Germany, but it’s also beginning to take hold in the UK, so vehicle owners need to protect themselves and their assets.”
Earlier this year, The Sun revealed vehicles which could be unlocked and started using the “relay” hack.
The device required to execute the theft can be readily purchased off the internet for as little as £80.
Drivers are now being warned to protect themselves against the keyless entry hack.
Andy Barrs adds: “As relay attacks become even more prevalent, owners need to protect themselves, particularly since criminal gangs are routinely using relay devices to exploit weaknesses in keyless security systems across a broad range of manufacturers.
“These tools are readily available on the internet for as little as £80 and thefts typically occur in residential areas, where cars are parked relatively close to the house, especially at night.”
Drivers have been encouraged to put their keys into a Faraday cage when at home in an effort to block the electronic signal. Other drivers have been cautioned to fit devices capable of tracking location to their vehicle, in case of theft.
“It’s worth remembering that technology is just one part of vehicle security and more vigilance needs to be taken across the board; this includes car owners, manufacturers, dealers, insurers and the police,” he said.
“We also urge motorists to remember that whilst a tracking device won’t stop a car being stolen, it can significantly increase the chances of the police locating and returning it to its rightful owner.”
TRACKER’s device technology allows car’s to be tracked everywhere even if they are hidden in a garage or shipping container.
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Source : EXPRESS