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CORONAVIRUS CRIME: Why car thefts are on the rise and what you can do about it


There may be fewer vehicles on the roads that pre-pandemic times, but they’re still a target for many criminals.

Keyless car theft is at an all time high, with Tracker reporting 93% of all vehicles steals last year were undertaken not using conventional keys.

Thieves are using sophisticated equipment to exploit keyless tech, hijacking the key’s signal - of which many new, popular vehicles contain - and as they roll off the production line, criminals have got their eyes on lucrative parts.

Clive Wain - a former Detective Chief Superintendent himself - has some simple back-to-basics tips to help consumers keep cars safe.

Clive spent 30 years working in the police service heading up investigations into organised crime across both West and South Yorkshire. He later became Head of Counter Terrorism Policing for the seven counties making up the North East of England Region.

Thieves use sophisticated equipment to exploit keyless technology by hijacking the car key’s signal, typically from the security of the owner’s home, and remotely fooling the system into unlocking the doors and starting the engine. This is commonly known as a “relay attack”.

And with most popular cars having keyless start technology, it is becoming a bigger and bigger problem. Most premium 4x4 cars being hot targets, with car thieves stealing to order and often shipping them abroad or stripping them for parts in a chop shop to meet the growing demand for spare parts.

It is no surprise that the top 3 are all Range Rover’s with the Range Rover Sport top of the table followed closely by the Vogue and the Autobiography.

New car manufacturing ground to a halt last year due to the pandemic and top of the range cars such as Land
Rovers and Range Rovers rose to the top of the wanted list for car thieves.



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