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NEW PROD­UCT TVL Anti-scan Wal­let

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Smart se­cu­rity against key­less theft heads our kit round-up

Price: £17.99 Con­tact: 08455 440912,

THE TVL Anti-scan Wal­let is a sim­ple-but­ef­fec­tive de­fence against the wire­less key ex­ten­der – an in­sid­i­ous new weapon be­ing used by hi-tech car thieves.

High-end cars with key­less en­try sys­tems – in­clud­ing models from the likes of Audi and BMW – have long been top tar­gets, with ac­cess gained via the on-board di­ag­nos­tics port (OBD). But by us­ing an ex­ten­der, steal­ing them is even sim­pler.

Work­ing in pairs, one thief one uses a scan­ner to search the house for a sig­nal from the car’s key; it can be de­tected any­where. Once they have the sig­nal, the in­for­ma­tion is bounced to a dummy key held by a sec­ond thief. They then use this to open and start the car and drive it away.

It could be sev­eral hours be­fore the theft is no­ticed; enough time for the car to have been given a new iden­tity or even been driven across the Chan­nel. Worse still, th­ese scan­ners have now plum­meted in price, drop­ping from an orig­i­nal £20,000-plus to just over £2,000.

But place your key in the Anti-scan Wal­let – which is ap­proved by the Track­ing and After­mar­ket Se­cu­rity Sys­tem As­so­ci­a­tion (TASSA, – and the thieves are tripped up at the first hur­dle. It is in ef­fect iso­lated from the world out­side and all wire­less com­mu­ni­ca­tion to and from it is blocked.

The wal­let has been de­signed to fit two keys and could also be used for smart­phones to pre­vent mobile hack­ing.

PRO­TEC­TION Sim­ply put your key­less fob in Anti-scan Wal­let, and crooks can’t search for sig­nal and steal your car

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