Probably this applies to "keyless" cars - they require the electronic
part of the key to be nearby (this is the bit that a criminal can
clone), but the physical act of starting the engine requires nothing
more than pushing a button.
Neighbour's Disco was stolen from outside their house. They now, indoors,
keep the 'key' thingie for the new replacment in some form of Faraday
cage. And have a massive Crook Lock type thingie too. Just as well they
hardly ever use the vehicle. AA were out getting it started the other day
- flat battery.
*Never kick a cow pat on a hot day *
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW
Any metal box or metal(lized) cover will prevent a key or credit card
I have a sheet of metallized foil cut to the size of a bank note,
inserted in with my notes, to prevent my cards being skimmed. The
metallized foil is just the foil in which ground coffee is supplied.
That should work equally well for a car key too.
It's true for some cars.
The "key" only has to be in range and they will start and drive away. My
mates bother in law got from near Burton on Trent to the other side of
Birmingham without the "key". He had clicked the "open" button from the
porch and put the keys down to put on his shoes. Got in the car, pressed
start and drove away leaving the key in the porch. Then he switched off
and couldn't restart it to come home.
If the key is in range of the snooper its code can be broken and the car
opened. Then its away down the road to be parked in an estate for a
week. If it's not collected it doesn't have tracker, the thief collects
it and ships it.
Most keyless cars will 'beep' if the key becomes out of range whilst
Hi-tech thieves use one device to 'listen' to the key by getting as close as
they can to the house. They transfer the key information to another device
that gets them in the car, then use a laptop connected to the OBD port to
One of the security measures suggested by the police is a lockable cver for
the OBD port.
The other one I saw (that involves more work) is to fit a short
extension lead into the OBD port so that it still presents the port
and with power but is technically non-functional. ;-)
Ok as long as you remember and tell the garage ...
Cheers, T i m
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