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Rise in Motor Theft Claims Linked to Keyless Vehicle Crime


According to figures released by the Association of British Insurers in the first nine months of this year the cost of motor theft claims rose to £271 million, an increase of 32% on the same period last year. The number of claims settled was 41,000 rising 11% on last year.

Written on 29th November 2018

According to figures released by the Association of British Insurers in the first nine months of this year the cost of motor theft claims rose to £271 million, an increase of 32% on the same period last year. The number of claims settled was 41,000 rising 11% on last year.

Figures uncovered by Auto Express show 43,308 vehicles were reported to the DVLA as stolen in 2017 – 9,000 more than in 2016 and 13,000 more than in 2015.

The increase is widely thought to be blamed on the surge in keyless vehicle crime.  This involves two thieves working together to break into keyless cars.  One thief stands by the car with a transmitter, while the other gets close enough to the keyfob to amplify the electromagnetic signals that are emitted. This is then relayed to the transmitter by the vehicle, causing it to think the key is in close proximity and prompting it to open. Thieves can then drive the vehicle away thanks to the keyless ignition and quickly replace locks and entry devices. 

Any vehicle with keyless entry could be vulnerable to this type of theft.

Three ways to protect your vehicle from the high-tech car thieves 

  • At home, store your key more than 5 metres from the front door, as the keyfob’s signal can rarely be picked up beyond this                 distance
  • Purchase a Faraday pouch. This blocks the signal by creating a Faraday cage blocking radio / bluetooth / wi-fi / gsm signals from       leaving or entering the pouch. This is particularly useful for protection at motorway service stations and car parks.
  • Park in a well-lit area, using a steering wheel lock and installing a proper tracking device to your vehicle are also effective                   deterrents.

Source:

https://www.abi.org.uk/news/news-articles/2018/11/driving-on-motor-insurers-paying-out-a-record-amount-to-motorists/

https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/car-news/105283/exclusive-car-thefts-reach-six-year-high

 

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