Recently there has been a rise in the theft of vehicles that have wireless keys (keyless convenient keys).
We hope that knowledge of this type of crime will enable residents to take simple steps to secure their vehicles.
Vehicles with wireless keys are stolen by amplifying the keys signal from outside while the key is inside the property.
Thieves operate in pairs and take the faint signal from the key in your house, work or on your person, and then amplify or relay it to make it heard by your vehicle as if your key fob was in their hands! Here’s how it works:
1 The first thief “listens” for your keys signal using a simple device made readily available. They might follow you into a store, cafe or stand next to the wall of your house.
2 This thief “amplifies” or “relays” the signal to an accomplice who is standing next to your car, up to 1,000 feet away!
3 Your vehicle thinks your key is next to the car and the doors open instantly. Once inside if your car has push button start, they simply push start and drive it away.
For videos on how vehicles with wireless keys are stolen please refer to the following links:
To try and protect your vehicle or it’s contents from being stolen by signal amplification a faraday case can be used. There are many types available from as little as £6.00 from Amazon.
Vehicle Trackers and steering locks are also a good deterrent.
For further information on faraday cases please refer to https://www.fobguard.com
Residents should do their own research when purchasing any of these products and only purchase them if you are satisfied and comfortable with them.
How to use a Faraday case.
Place the key in between the special lining of the faraday case or as described by the manufacturer and close the cover. While the key is inside the faraday case the vehicle should not unlock or start.
- Take the key out of the faraday case to unlock and start the vehicle keep the key out of the faraday case whilst driving the vehicle.
- Once you have finished using the vehicle lock it and place the key back into the faraday case.
- Don’t leave keys near the front door or in a room close to the front of your property try and leave the key as far back in your house as possible.
The NPRA have no self interest in faraday cases or endorse any products mentioned.
The NPRA cannot take any responsibility or be held responsible or take any blame for vehicles or contents stolen from vehicles by using any products mentioned. This is just simply friendly advice. Residents should carry out their own research and protect their vehicles as they deem fit.
Thatcham Research 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.
Bogus callers operating in Kenton. We would like to remind residents to exercise caution when opening the door to strangers.
The Metropolitan Police have the following advice:
Bogus callers, who maybe any age and appearance, male or female, aim to trick or worry you into leaving your house or letting them in, by making up stories. they may pose as tradesmen or as water, electricity or gas board workers, or as council officials or police officers.
You can prevent this type of crime if you take the following precautions:
1. Think before you open the door – use your chain and spy hole or look out of the window to see if you recognise them.
2. Ask callers for proof of identity and check it. If you are unsure, phone the company the caller claims to represent – use the phone number in the phone book and not on the identity card.
3. Utilities companies now offer a password identification system. Any caller from one of these companies should be able to give a pre-arranged password as additional proof of identity.
4. If you are in any doubt, don’t let them in. Ask the caller to come back later and arrange for a friend, relative or neighbour to be present on their return.
5. If you are still worried dial 999 immediately and ask for the police.
We are grateful to receive reports of crime in the neighbourhood so we can alert residents to be extra vigilant.