- Many cars are difficult to steal without the keys. Criminals now break-in to houses to obtain them. They do this by:
- Fishing through a letterbox to get keys off a table or stairs
- Reaching through a cat-flap
- Forcing or smashing a window or door to grab keys on view
- On rare occasions - especially where the vehicle is particularly valuable - threatening the resident for the keys
- It's simple: put your keys somewhere safe and out of sight.
How to avoid being a victim of keyless vehicle theft
Does your vehicle have keyless entry and ignition?
Keyless vehicle entry system is convenient for drivers, but can be exploited by criminals using electronic signal relay devices that allow vehicles to be accessed and stolen from outside the owner’s home.
The good news is there are steps you can take to reduce the chances of your keyless vehicle being targeted.
Remember the Basics
Store your keys away from doors, windows or any place it can be seen or easily located.Putting your key fob (including spares) in a metal box, fridge or microwave to block the signal is a cost-effective way to defeat the criminals.
Switch off your Key
Can your vehicle entry fob be switched off? Turn this off each night when you’ve finished using your vehicle. If unsure if you have this facility, contact your car dealer for more info.
Use a Signal Blocking Bag
Invest in a faraday bag - they are lined with metal material and can block the key's signal.
Test the wallet by placing the key inside and approaching your car to ensure the vehicle does not unlock when you stand next to it.
Add Additional Barriers
A steering or wheel lock can be enough of a deterrent to persuade a thief to look elsewhere.
Other considerations include driveway security such as a parking post or CCTV.
Invest in a Tracking Device
A tracking device won’t stop your vehicle being stolen, but it can significantly increase the chances of police locating and returning a vehicle to the rightful owner.
Join your Local Neighbourhood Watch
Car theft typically occurs in residential areas during the night. Talking to your neighbours can help your community be alert to anyone behaving suspiciously.
- General info
- Don’t take your keys to bed with you, leave them downstairs. Do not put yourself or a family member at risk.
- If you have a garage, use it.
- Fit tamper proof screws to prevent number plate theft
- Contact your car dealer and check if there have been updates to the vehicle’s digital software. The best software version available can help ensure the vehicle is more secure.
- Stay vigilant. If you notice anything usual in your community, report it to the police via the LiveChat facility on the GMP website or call 101.
Always call 999 in an emergency
- Thieves often spot an opportunity and this is where most vehicle crime is committed. For example when you leave something attractive to a passing criminal like some lose change, a bag, phone or sat nav. Watch this for info and advice on Vehicle Crime and Security
- Greater Manchester Police have produced a series of ‘60 Second Security’ videos on simple security advice. They provide easy step-by-step tips, including advice on products and how to install and use them, helping to make you and your property that little bit safer
- Car crime is often thought to be committed by sophisticated high-tech criminals. In reality, most vehicle crimes are opportunistic. This means that car crime is reasonably easy to prevent. Simple measures drastically reduce the chances of having your vehicle targeted by thieves.
You can find more information on car security here:
- DirectGov Guide to vehicle crime
- Which? Guide to car security
- The AA Guide to car security
- Green Flag Guide to car security
Lost Car Keys
MLA Approved Locksmiths can also help with lost or damaged car keys and car locks. More information is available here:
- The theft of a caravan can be very immensely disruptive as well as upsetting. If it were to be stolen whilst in use, then not only would your holiday be ruined, but unisured personal items may be taken as well and the effects of crime can be multiplied. A caravan can be protected for very little cost.
You can find information on caravan security here: