What You Need to Know About Electronic Car Thieves
Most people believe that if they have their car keys in hand, they are safe from automobile thieves. While this may have been true in the days of manual car keys, the invention of the keyless car entry has made things a bit more complicated. There have been reports of electronic car keys in Warminster, PA being remotely hacked by clever criminals. Seem impossible?
Read on to learn everything that you need to know to keep yourself safe from this new breed of thieves.
- How do electronic keys work? Electronic car keys work by emitting a specific radio frequency at all times. Your car can recognize this frequency and differentiate your specific signal from thousands of other car keys. So long as your car is within range of the frequency, you can open your car with just the push of a button.
- How thieves can “hack” your car fob. Your electronic car key constantly emits your car’s unique code. For just a few hundred dollars, thieves can purchase a signal amplifier which allows them to pick up and transmit your car key’s signal. When you put your key down in a restaurant or when you’re shopping, criminals can pick up the signal being emitted from your key, copy it, and drive off in your car, all while your keys are sitting in your purse or pocket!
- How you can protect yourself. Luckily, there are several ways for you to keep your electronic signal safe. Wrapping your keys in aluminum foil when you are out or keeping your keys inside a small metal tin will keep your key from emitting signals that can be copied. Finally, remember to never leave your keys out in public, and get a replacement as soon as possible if you have lost your copy.
Mike’s Lock Shop has a comprehensive range of locks and products to keep you safe. Whether you’re in need of just a new electronic car key or a complete set of commercial door locks in Montgomery County, PA, we’ve got your back.
Call our team today at 215-495-0133 to learn more about how to keep your car, home, and business better protected this year.