KEYLESS CAR THEFT
Criminals are getting smarter and using new tech to steal cars. The latest is known as relay attacks and focus on vehicles with keyless entry and start. In this case, the key fob continuously transmits a signal that the car’s security system picks up when in close proximity and allows the driver to open and start the vehicle while the key fob remain in their pocket.
Thieves are using a device to detect and capture the key fob signal, and then relaying it to another device carried by an accomplice who stands next to the car. The vehicle is fooled into believing the key fob is present and allows access and ignition (although for only one drive cycle because the key is not present). This works only if your key fob, for example, hangs near your front door and thief number one can pick up its signal. Lesson: if you drive a keyless-entryand-start car, keep the fob away from access points. As an alternative, buy a protective sleeve that employs the Faraday principle of electromagnetic induction to shield your key’s signal.