ACCORDING to Tracker, the surveillance company, criminals are using scanners bought over the internet and sold legally to “hack” vehicle key-codes and then put them into a blank fob or key.
Vehicle hacking simply by using the modified key, then gives them access to the vehicle and lets them drive away without a problem as if they were the legitimate user.
Others are using “jammers” to prevent legitimate users locking their vehicles, although they believe they have and return to find the vehicle taken or contents stolen.
“Vehicle hacking is a growing issue for motorists, especially as the devices that override the ignition system are so freely available on the internet and only cost around £20.” explains Andy Barrs, police liaison officer for TRACKER.
“Today’s sophisticated security systems mean thieves have to be smarter than ever and the latest trends show that criminal gangs have found a way to crack keyless cars.
“A tracking unit can significantly increase the chances of a stolen vehicle being returned to its rightful owner, and TRACKER devices come with a motion sensor that’s triggered even if the engine isn’t started.”
Unlike other devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate stolen vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage or shipping container.