Last updated: 27/08/2021 | Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes
How to Prevent Keyless Car Theft
Keyless entry has become something of a popular feature in cars over the past few years. This has led to an increase in car thefts as thieves use amplifiers to boost the signal of the keys in your house and drive off without having to break in.
In This Guide:
- Am I at risk of keyless car theft?
- How to keep your keys safe
- Will my car insurance cover keyless car theft?
Am I at risk of keyless car theft?
The first thing you need to identify is whether or not this kind of issue will affect you. If when you need to open your car you do so by clicking a fob or manually using your key then there is no risk. If your car opens as you approach then your key's signal could be used by thieves.
Read our guide for more information on what to do if your car is stolen.
There are also other factors to consider as some models will still require the key to start the ignition but vehicles that have keyless entry and start are doubly at risk.
How to keep your keys safe
Ensure that your keys are kept as far away from windows and doors as possible to minimise the chance of would-be thieves being able to get hold of the signal. This will also make it more difficult for anyone to find your key in the event of a break in.
You should also put your key/fob in something that would protect against any device that could amplify the signal. You can buy some purpose built blocking pouches which will completely snuff out any signal they give off, but in a pinch something as simple as a biscuit tin will also offer some level of protection.
Disable keyless entry system
The simplest and easiest way to prevent keyless car theft is to make sure that you turn your key/fob off when you’ve finished using it. Not all of them will have this feature but if they do then it’s a good habit to get into.
Update your car's software
It’s always worth doing some research to figure out if your car model or make is particularly at risk. If this is the case you may have the option to download additional security software to protect against theft. It is always worth checking the manufacturer's software updates when purchasing a new model with keyless entry.
Will my car insurance cover keyless car theft?
Most motor vehicle insurance policies will protect you against keyless car theft, but there will usally be some caveats. For insurance, you might be required to prove to your insurer that you have all copies of your keys.
If you have a keyless entry car, we recommend you contact your insurer to check that you are covered should you become a victim of keyless car theft.