When they hit the market, the main selling point of keyless-entry vehicles was pure convenience; you’d be able to get into your car without having to fumble around for your keys. As long as your keys are in your pocket, purse or somewhere else on your person, you can unlock your vehicle at the touch.
However, footage and stories have surfaced that show the vulnerabilities keyless-entry cars can present with theft of remote access vehicles.
With that in mind, it’s important to understand how to keep your car safe from theft if it uses keyless-entry technology, as theft is slowly becoming a common occurrence. Using relay boxes to steal the signal from car’s key fob, carjackers have been able to trick the cars into thinking that it’s the real thing, thereby giving them remote access to unlock and use the car.
Now, security experts are advising owners to undertake certain safety precautions to ensure that their keyless-entry cars are protected against theft.
First and foremost, you should make sure your system’s software is updated by contacting your dealer to see if any new versions have been released to help protect against the latest theft tactics. Parking your vehicle in a garage or in view of cameras can also help to make it a bit more of an obstacle to steal.
You should also check if your key fob can be turned off overnight when you’re not using the car. If not, keep the fob away from your house’s entry points and in a safe place, such as a metal box where radio signals can be blocked. The idea is to put as much distance between your key fob and the thief, making it more difficult for them to hijack.