The need to shield your keyfob was reinforced last week when the National Insurance Crime Bureau issued an alert about a mystery device that opens and starts vehicles. The new wave of car thefts that prompted the alert are all tied to signal hacking keyless-entry systems in vehicles. The NICB says there are a number of different devices being offered for sale to thieves that would enable them to unlock and even drive various vehicle models without the physical keyfob being present.
“We’ve now seen for ourselves that these devices work,” said NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle. “Maybe they don’t work on all makes and models, but certainly on enough that car thieves can target and steal them with relative ease. And the scary part is that there’s no warning or explanation for the owner. Unless someone catches the crime on a security camera, there’s no way for the owner or the police to really know what happened. Many times, they think the vehicle has been towed.”
We urge you to stay informed and take precautions to protect your vehicle and valuables inside. We recommend the Mission Darkness Faraday Bag for keyfobs, which will not allow your key to transmit any signals while inside the bag. That way no one can amplify or copy the signal it emits, which is most commonly done in parking lots and near your home at night.
Take a moment to read the NCIB’s recent statement about the escalating crime.
Recent news articles about the alert:
- USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2016/12/07/car-theft-remote-entry-national-insurance-crime-bureau/95085746/