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Advanced tactics exploit vulnerabilities in modern cars

Car thieves are using increasingly sophisticated methods - and most new vehicles are vulnerable.

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In the ever-evolving landscape of technology, our vehicles have become more than just modes of transportation; they have transformed into sophisticated machines equipped with cutting-edge features. 

However, while advancements in automotive technology have brought us convenience and improved safety, they have also inadvertently opened the door to a new breed of criminals: car thieves armed with increasingly sophisticated methods. 

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According to AA Insurance Services, car theft is on the rise.

Worryingly, thieves are increasingly using high-tech tools to target weaknesses in sensors, as well as computerised systems that were designed to help make our journeys safer and more comfortable.

Gone are the days when hot-wiring a car was the go-to method for thieves. 

Today's criminals have adapted to the times, leveraging advanced techniques that capitalise on vulnerabilities in modern vehicles' complex security systems.


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With the rise of keyless entry systems and push-button ignitions, thieves have discovered novel ways to exploit weak points and gain unauthorised access to vehicles without leaving a trace.

Keyless entry systems - once touted as a convenient innovation - have become a double-edged sword. 

By intercepting and amplifying signals emitted by key fobs, criminals can unlock and start vehicles without needing the actual keys.

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In light of these increasingly sophisticated methods, vehicle owners must take proactive measures to safeguard their investments. 

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Here are a few essential tips to enhance your vehicle's security:

  • Physical barriers: Installing steering wheel locks, immobilisers, and visible deterrents such as alarms and vehicle tracking systems can deter thieves and make your car a less appealing target.
  • Signal-blocking pouches: Investing in signal-blocking pouches for your key fob can prevent relay theft by blocking the signals it emits, ensuring that criminals cannot intercept and amplify them.
  • Software updates: Regularly updating your vehicle's software and firmware can patch security vulnerabilities and protect against hacking attempts.
  • OBD port protection: Consider using OBD port locks or covers to safeguard this vulnerable access point from exploitation.
  • Enhanced security systems: Upgrading to aftermarket security systems that feature additional layers of protection, such as encryption and multi-factor authentication, can significantly reduce the risk of theft.

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