High-value ‘keyless’ cars at risk from thieving hackers

High-value cars with 'keyless' technology are being targeted by thieves. Photo: Dominic James
High-value cars with 'keyless' technology are being targeted by thieves. Photo: Dominic James
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High-value cars are being targeted in a spate of thefts across Herts, even though vehicle crime in the county has fallen in the last year.

Herts Police are warning drivers of ‘keyless-start’ vehicles that expensive models like these are being stolen by tech-savvy crooks , who could be cloning the security devices or employing electronic hacking equipment, without even stealing the key-fobs.

Insp Paul Lawrence of the Crime Reduction Unit said: “Recently we have seen an increase in the number of newer vehicles that use keyless entry and start technology being stolen. Whilst we have managed to recover a number of these, thieves seem to be targeting these vehicles and managing to override the security system.”

Police advise storing key-fobs in metal boxes as far away as possible from the vehicle within your home and ensuring that ‘home’ on its sat nav is that of your nearest police station and not your actual home address.

Call 101 with information.