How to avoid keyless car theft.

The number of cars being stolen via keyless theft is increasing – Here’s what you can do to keep your car safe.

There has been a rise in car thefts in the Solihull area recently, with thieves targeting Range Rovers & Jaguars.

Are you aware of how easy it is for thieves to steal your pride & joy?

Car theft has risen exponentially in the past few years, with the five-year period up to 2019 seeing a 48.7 percent increase in the number of cars being stolen.

What is keyless theft?
Keyless theft describes the way in-which thieves steal cars without using the car’s factory keys and is sometimes referred to as relay theft.

Criminals begin by sourcing relay amplifiers transmitters needed to make the steal from the dark web.

Next, they’ll target houses with desirable cars outside, and using their equipment, are able to detect whether or not the vehicle uses a keyless entry and start system.

Working in teams, one thief will stand with the car with a transmitter while another scans the house. If the key is close enough, the amplifier will be able to boost its signal and direct it to the transmitter.

The transmitter then effectively becomes the car key and fools the car into thinking the real key is nearby. This allows the thieves to open the car, start it, and drive away. The whole process can take as little as 60 seconds and can be completed in near silence.

Industry advice recommends that car owners shouldn’t forget standard security measures such as ensuring their car is properly locked and keys stored away from doors and windows. This will minimise the chances of a thief being able to amplify the key’s signal.

The ASAP Group can help stop car thieves in their tracks by installing an inhibiter that blocks thieves from scanning your key in order to access your vehicle. Once installed, the inhibitor blocks the key’s signal after remaining stationary for more than 2 minutes.

The good news is that the ASAP’s inhibitor will easily protect you against relay attacks. The advanced, ultra-thin circuit board wraps around you vehicle’s remote key battery and works automatically. It detects when your key is not in use and blocks the signal, stopping criminals from using it to steal your car. To reactivate the key all that’s needed is a double-tap either in your pocket or bag. Once activated all vehicle functionality resumes, including keyless entry and Start/Stop Keyless ignition. The inhibitor is designed to keep all the convenience of keyless technologies but eliminate the relay attack risks that come with it.

After contacting a member of the team, either bring us your car key if you are local to our Exeter HQ, or we can send you a secure delivery package and have your key upgraded and returned within 24hrs.

Call 0330 912 5170 or email to find out more information and prices.


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