How do I keep my car secure?
I’ve just bought a 2013 Mini Paceman Cooper S, which has a remote entry key fob. I’m concerned about the car being stolen by thieves using scanning technology. How does this type of theft work and how can I keep my car safe? Jim Kenney
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There are a number of ways thieves can steal cars without taking the keys. They can use a remote locking jammer to block the signal from your key fob when you lock the car. This will mean the car remains open, giving them access to it. Once in, if the car has a start button they can use this, or they can use the car’s onboard diagnostics system to programme a blank key for it.
To guard against this, ensure you always see your car’s indicator lights flash and hear its doors locking when you use the key fob. If you’re unsure, you can pull a door handle to confirm it’s locked.
The good news is that your car doesn’t have completely keyless entry like many newer models. These cars are susceptible to signal relay theft. To guard against this type of theft, car owners need to keep their keys at least five metres from their vehicle and consider keeping them in a safe or metal box overnight or in a Faraday bag, which blocks the key fob’s signal.
Thieves are using locking jammers to access vehicles