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Security experts’ advice to protect against keyless car thefts

Thatcham Research has issued five tips for drivers worried that their car might be vulnerable to such a theft:

Contact your dealer and talk about the digital features in your car. Have there been any software updates you can take advantage of?

Check if your keyless entry fob can be turned off. If it can, and your dealer can also confirm this, then do so overnight.

Store your keys away from household entry points. Keeping your keyless entry fob out of sight is not enough – thieves only need to gain proximity to the key to amplify the signal. Be vigilant.

Keep an eye out for suspicious activity in your neighbourhood – and report anything unusual to the police.

Review your car security. Check for aftermarket security devices such as Thatcham-approved mechanical locks and trackers, which are proven to deter thieves. A list can be found on the Thatcham Research website.

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