We are living in extremely advanced technological times, and now car thieves have had to update their method of theft to “Keep up with the Joneses.” This new method of theft allows car thieves to steal a car that utilizes “keyless entry” with an easy to buy tool that gives them unfettered access to the car’s entry system.
According to the U.K. Express, this method has been seen in the United States this year and has now moved into other parts of the Western world. The method requires two thieves who work in tandem to gain access to vehicles that have a keyless entry system.
First, there is a tool that these hackers buy that can be easily purchased off the internet for around $100. This tool allows one of the thieving partners to intercept the signal from the key fob and then use that replicated signal to open the vehicle.
Dubbed, “the relay method,” one of the partners has to stand next to the car while the other stands close to the key fob. For this reason, many of these thefts occur when cars are parked at night near residential areas.
“The radio connection between keys and car can easily be extended over 100 meters, regardless of whether the original key is, for example, at home or in the pocket of the owner,” a spokesman for the German company ADAC said in an earlier Express article.
That spokesman also found that, “A whopping 110 cars from 27 different manufacturers were found to be at risk.”
According to The Sun, some of the most vulnerable vehicles to this type of attack are, the “BMW 740, Ford Focus RS, Toyota’s Prius and VW Golf 7 GTD,” as well as Mercedes and Peugeot.
The advent of the convenient keyless entry system has given rise to an even more convenient way for car thieves to steal your vehicles. So what can you do to protect your property?
Well, according to The Sun, drivers are encouraged to put their key fobs into a “Faraday cage” when they are at home in order to block the fob’s electronic signal. Another suggestion is to put a tracking device into the vehicle in order to detect its location in case a theft does occur.