Car Theft Is Up 30% As Crooks Are Beating New Security Technologies

/ 1 year ago

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Car Theft on the Rise

Over the last 30 years, car security has increased quite significantly. Gone are the days of crook locks (ask your grandmother) or those clumsy handbrake/gear shift locks. Of the latter, incidentally, I had one of those on an old Golf I used to own which worked fantastically as long as you didn’t put it into 3rd gear. In which case it would literally just slide off the handbrake.

It seems, however, that all this new technology isn’t doing much better either as in a report via Sky News, car theft went up by 30% in the last 3 years. This figure being confirmed by police data in the reporting of stolen vehicles.

So how exactly are they doing it if the technology has become so advanced? Well, put simply, it’s almost exactly how people who create virus’ nearly always manage to stay ahead of anti-virus providers.

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High tech thieves

The simple answer is that car thieves have evolved. We are a long way removed from cars of the 80’s and 90’s. Many of those cars could be stolen by a committed amateur with a flat headed screwdriver.

Despite modern cars having more modern security, this has led to car theft syndicates or gangs who have become very adept in by-passing this.

One of the more recent security measures to have been overcome is ‘key-less entry’. Criminals have found a system of being able to relay the signal from the fob. Piggybacking it via a receiver and transmitter they can open car doors and gain access.

For rather old fashioned reasons of not keeping your keys near the front door (due to the enterprising criminal with a coat hanger and a knack for fishing) for similar reasons the police again advice keeping keys well away from entry points.

Steve Launchbury, of Thatcham Research, one of the most prolific car security system providers has said: “As the car is more digitally connected, obviously that opens it up to new types of criminality. When you have keyless-type vehicles where you physically just press a button and walk away, you’ve got the risk now of the signal being captured.”

There is therefore a case to be made for just a good quality lock and key.

What do you think? Would a more traditional locking system be a better idea? – Let us know in the comments!

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3 Responses to “Car Theft Is Up 30% As Crooks Are Beating New Security Technologies”
  1. Arthur Rice says:

    This is a very serious matter, so why can’t the automobile industries do anything about this. All this speacial technology they have and they cant stop auto theft, this is a crime that has been going on for over 35 years and still going today…

    automobile maker are so concerned about creating self driving vehicles, they need to be concerned about preventing auto theft, at least with a system that will make it a little more difficult.

    Dont the realize the more time that goes by car thieves get more advanced with defeating the system.

    Dear automobile industy,

    Find a solution to help prevent this matter. Auto theft is a serious crime, car jacking and now car hacking, how are we automobile owners safe.

    Thank you in advance

  2. S W says:

    The criminals can capture the digital signal on wireless house alarms and gain entry to a home too.

    It is just not only cars that are affected. The whole area of digital security on all things wireless, is bordering on fraud. People think they are buying security and they are not.

    Traditional keys are better than digital keys. But the criminal gangs have conquered this too by having a gang of expert thieves who watch where one puts their keys; jacket, handbag, left in the door lock, they then remove the key, copy it and put it back This means a victim is targeted without knowing it.. Then when the householder leaves, a gang member watches as another goes inside, usually taking documents or information without trashing the place and return sometimes repeatedly. if the owner happens to return, a ‘ watch’ highlights to the thief using a mobile.

    No sign of break and entry, leaves the person whose home has been breached with no insurance cover.

    The issue is crime now pays and when innocent members of the public try to use the court system, the prohibitively expensive lawyers make a mockery of the legal system. The criminal usually gets legal aid. Crooks are running the show. Ask the family of Daphne Caurruna Galizia. Crime is out of control.

  3. SW says:

    Piggybacking. This is how it works. Storage units in Storage Companies with, not one, two, but three fob barriers.

    Criminal tailgates behind car and once through waits till someone genuinely opens fob steel shutter and company has no record of the criminal on and in their warehouse premises. Sometimes the criminal is also a customer with false documents, er usually stolen.

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