The latest survey claims that including four of the five best-selling models of car, around hundreds of popular cars in the UK prone to “keyless theft”.
Robbers are plotting to use the latest technology to crack the entry system security on the keyless cars. But the industrial administration of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders told, “new cars are more secure than ever”.
The latest models of the 2018 Jaguar i-Pace, Discovery and Range Rover all made by Jaguar Land Rover were considered to be secured. Among the top selling popular models of the cars in the UK, only the Vauxhall Corsa was counted as safe because it is not available with keyless entry system.
An increasing number of new cars are integrated with keyless entry systems, allocating owners for opening them with the brush of a hand, as long as their actual key is nearby – for example in their pocket.
However, thieves can make fool these systems with special devices, permitting them to make the entry in the vehicle and drive away.
Though the incident of car theft is much lower than the 1990s but now has been increasing, for which keyless technology is partly responsible.
In 2018, in March more than 106,000 attempts of theft or unauthorized taking of a motor vehicle were reported to police in Wales and England according to the highest annual ratio since 2009.
The leader of the SMMT, Mike Hawes told, “Industry takes vehicle crime extremely seriously and any claims otherwise are categorically untrue”. He added, “New cars are more secure than ever, and the latest technology has helped bring down theft dramatically with, on average, less than 0.3% of the cars on our roads stolen. Criminals will always look for new ways to steal cars; it’s an ongoing battle and why manufacturers continue to invest billions in ever more sophisticated security features – ahead of any regulation.
However, technology can only do so much and we continue to call for action to stop the open sale of equipment with no legal purpose that helps criminals steal cars.”