1. Put your key fob in a Faraday wallet/pouch
For the best level of protection, owners of cars equipped with keyless technology should purchase a faraday wallet or wallet. You can buy these online for as little as £5 (Halfords currently sells one for £4.50).
The pouch isolates the signal from the key fob so it cannot be infiltrated by thieves.
A metal box or tin will also provide similar levels of protection, as will keeping your key fobs in a fridge freezer, microwave or oven – just remember they are there before to light the last two.
Don’t forget your spare keys either, and apply the same level of care as you would your master keys or key fob.
Keeping your keyless remote in a box will block the signal and prevent thieves from duplicating it to break into your vehicle
2. Use old-fashioned theft deterrents
A simple steering wheel lock or wheel clamp may look ugly, but it’s a great tool to deter even the most hardened criminals.
They will act as a visual deterrent to thieves who will likely avoid them.
For a criminal to remove a steering wheel lock usually requires the use of loud drills or saws to cut through, and therefore they are the ideal first line of defense for owners of models with keyless car technology.
Drivers should also consider installing wheel clamps as well as alarm systems and trackers (more on this below).
Owners of vans with keyless technology should also consider installing deadbolts for added protection, especially if they store tools and expensive items in their utility vehicles overnight.
3. Be careful when locking your car
It may sound simple, but if your vehicle has a keyless entry system, make sure it’s locked whenever you’re not there, even if it’s only for a few minutes when you pay to park somewhere – thieves can take an unlocked car in seconds.
As for locking, many modern cars have keys with two settings – for single and double locking.
Many drivers don’t realize that on many models, if you press your key fob once your car will only be locked once.
This means that if you break the window, you can manually open the car by reaching and pulling the handle from inside.
These key fobs require a second press of the lock button to activate all security features. It is important to read your car manual to understand how to lock your car securely.
4. Think carefully about where you park at night
Most often, keyless car thefts take place in owners’ driveways. While motorists might think that having their vehicle in such close proximity to their property ensures its safety, this is certainly not the case when it comes to relaying thefts – quite the contrary, as this means the car is closer to where the keys are. inside your home.
This is why owners of off-street parking should consider additional measures.
Driveway parking posts are an inexpensive and effective way to deter would-be thieves.
Drivers can go the extra mile and install lockable gates in their driveways, while adding CCTV systems can provide greater peace of mind.
For those who don’t have off-street parking and leave their car on the road in front of their home, you’re not safe from these criminals either.
Consider parking further away from your property than usual so that criminals cannot replicate your remote’s signal from inside your home.
And always try to find a space under a street light so thieves are exposed when they try to steal your car at night.
If you live on a residential street where there are also businesses, park in front of a street with a CCTV camera installed.
5. Install a tracker
Installing a tracking system in your vehicle, such as a Thatcham approved device, provides an additional layer of security.
A tracking device won’t prevent your vehicle from being stolen, but it does greatly increase the chances that the police will recover it and return it to you.