News coverage of CCTV footage showing thieves stealing a car without even needing to see the owner’s keys has worried many drivers.
The 'transmitter relay’ attack seen in the footage exploits a vulnerability in vehicles’ keyless entry systems, with criminals amplifying or capturing the signal from a keyless or ‘smart’ fob.
Keyless fobs, which should not be confused with standard remote fobs, allow drivers to easily open and start their vehicle without pressing the fob or even having to remove it from their pocket.
Thatcham Research’s security tips for drivers with keyless entry systems include:
“Keyless entry systems on cars offer convenience to drivers,” said Richard Billyeald, Chief Technical Officer at Thatcham Research, “but in some situations they can be exploited by criminals. Concerned drivers should contact their dealer for information and guidance, and follow our simple security steps.”