Crime Prevention - High Tech Car Crime - Advice

Thieves use a gadget to prevent your key fob sending the command to lock your car and it remains unlocked. Whilst this tool will not allow them to steal your car it will allow them to root through your valuables.

Crime Prevention - High Tech Car Crime - Advice


What is signal jamming?

Thieves use a gadget to prevent your key fob sending the command to lock your car and it remains unlocked. Whilst this tool will not allow them to steal your car it will allow them to root through your valuables.

How to avoid: Make sure the indicators flash when you press the lock button and listen for the doors locking.


What is signal relaying?

When the correct key fob is close by, the fob recognises the signal and transmits its own code, instructing the vehicle to unlock the doors and to allow the ignition to work on the car.
Thieves use wireless transmitters to capture its radio transmission. This is then relayed to another device. It allows the thief to open and start your car in the same way.

How to avoid: Use car key signal blocker cases/sleeves, they cost less than £10, or an aluminium tin at home. Find a safe place for your keys at home and check to ensure they are out of range.


What is key programming?

Every car has a standard diagnostic port fitted. Computer hackers have developed devices that plug into the port, boot up a vehicle’s software and then program a blank key fob. In keyless cars, this is used to start the engine as well as unlock the doors.

How to avoid: Fit a lock to your diagnostic port and use additional security such as a steering wheel lock.


Number plate thefts

We also advice everyone to always report number plate thefts. This is because generally they are stolen and used in other offences such as:

• Speeding
• Illegal parking
• Not paying congestion charges
• Driving away from a petrol forecourt without paying
• Not paying for parking tickets or speeding fines
• ‘Disguising’ a stolen vehicle.

Vehicles with stolen number plates can also be used in more serious crimes such as burglary.

Message Sent By
DANE Plant (Police, PCSO, Rotherham South LPT)

 

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