Box clever to beat the car thieves

Stay one step ahead of the game in the war on quick-change tech-savvy crim­i­nals, writes Florence Snead

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In the bat­tle be­tween car thieves and mo­torists, the key­less car was sup­posed to be the se­cret weapon that fi­nally de­feated so­phis­ti­cated felons who can whisk stolen cars across the world. But un­der­es­ti­mate your en­emy at your peril.

Rather than be­ing the last word in se­cu­rity, the tech­nol­ogy is in­creas­ingly open to hack­ing by thieves. In­sur­ers have spent a third more on pay­outs for ve­hi­cle theft this year com­pared to 2017.

The idea be­hind a key­less car is sim­ple enough. In­stead of press­ing a but­ton on a key, drivers have a dig­i­tal fob which can un­lock their car and start its en­gine within a cer­tain range.

The fob works by emit­ting ra­dio sig­nals that are picked up when it is in close prox­im­ity of the car, usu­ally a cou­ple of me­tres. Be­tween 1 and 3 per cent of cars – roughly equiv­a­lent to be­tween 350,000 and one mil­lion ve­hi­cles – in Bri­tain use the tech­nol­ogy.

“When you have a £30,000, £40,000 or £50,000 car as a po­ten­tial tar­get for them, they are very mo­ti­vated to try to find ways of fool­ing the

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