As technology develops within the automotive industry and the demand for convenience drives today's car market, key-less entry systems have been a natural progression for manufacturers. However, the convenience doesn’t come without it’s downfalls, with the most prominent being the ease of access to vehicles by a new wave of tech savvy criminals.
What is Key-less Entry Hacking?
Many videos circulating online have seen thieves working together to gain entry to a vehicle within minutes without any forced entry or damage. But how do they do it?
Radio transmitters are the most common tool used to commit the relay attacks that are becoming more widespread across the UK. Thieves work together to use the transmitters to retrieve a signal from the fob usually left by the front door and then relay it back to the vehicle to gain entry.
The Industry’s response
ADAC the German automotive equivalent to the AA, tested 24 different vehicles from 19 manufacturers using a simple homemade relay hacking device and successfully gained entry to all models. Bypassing the key-less entry systems and immobilisers.
So, what can you do?
The Insurance Research company, Thatcham have devised their top security tips for drivers with keyless entry systems:
1. Contact your dealer and talk about the digital features in your car. Have there been any software updates you can take advantage of?
2. Check if your keyless entry fob can be turned off. If it can, and your dealer can also confirm this, then do so overnight.
3. Store your keys away from household entry points. Keeping your keyless entry fob out of sight is not enough – thieves only need to gain proximity to the key to amplify the signal.
4. Be vigilant. Keep an eye out for suspicious activity in your neighbourhood – and report anything unusual to the Police.
5. Review your car security. Check for aftermarket security devices such as mechanical locks and trackers, which are proven to deter thieves.
For more information on how to protect yourself against vehicle crime, contact our friendly team.