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There was a time when car theft was relatively common.
It was carried out by opportunistic criminals, often young people, who took advantage of the limited security measures in place on older vehicles.
As car technology has advanced, that has become much more difficult.
Modern car thieves are less likely to be those expedient lawbreakers of previous years.
They have upped their game considerably, developing sophisticated techniques that can bypass car security features.
One of the most alarming developments for car owners has been a growth in thefts linked to the remote key fob locking mechanism installed in modern cars.
Jammers can be used to intercept the signal sent between the key fob and car.
These might be left in the bushes near a parked vehicle, or hidden in the pocket of an individual standing nearby.
To prevent them being effective, don't rely on the key fob alone to lock your car.
Instead, always check that the doors are locked before moving away.
Another method that exploits the remote locking mechanism is a ‘relay attack’.
This involves two people working together, using electronic signal relay devices.
One will stand by the vehicle they intend to steal, while the other is stationed near the house with a device that can pick up the signal from a key fob inside the property.
This activates the lock, permitting the thieves to enter the vehicle and drive it away.
Although the signal can pass through doors, walls, and windows, it cannot penetrate metal.
With that in mind, storing the keys inside a metal box, signal-blocking wallet, or safe, can help protect your vehicle from a ‘relay attack’.
Most modern cars come fitted with an immobiliser device.
This is an electronic security mechanism which prevents a vehicle from being started unless the correct digital key, or token, is present.
Adding a car alarm can help alert you - or any passers-by - to an attempted theft, while a tracking device can assist with locating, and retrieving, a car if it has been stolen.
Installing electric gates at the entrance to your property provides an effective physical barrier.
Not only that, they act as a visual deterrent for would-be thieves – most of whom are immediately wary of attempting to break into commercial or residential addresses that have enhanced security measures.
A car parked on a property that has automated gates presents an intruder with a considerable challenge even if he gains access.
To find out more about how electric gates can make your car more secure, get in touch with the experienced team at Linkcare.
Call us today on 01895 232 626, or email firstname.lastname@example.org