NEW research has revealed that millions of UK drivers could potentially be at risk of having their car stolen in a relay car theft hack, but there are ways you could prevent having your vehicle nicked.
Millions of drivers could be at risk of having their car stolen in a relay car theft hack. According to figures from TRACKER, 96 per cent of motorists it surveyed are at risk of having their car stolen by criminals using a relay car attack.
In 2016, 66 per cent of TRACKER’s stolen vehicle recovery customer thefts were committed by way of a ‘relay attack’, confirming how prevalent this crime is becoming in the UK.
Relay car hacks is when criminals use a pair of radio transmitters to intercept the signal from a keyless entry car fob to trick the car into thinking the thief has the keys.
Recently a pair of criminals demonstrated how easy it was to steal a brand new Mercedes in Birmingham, taking just one minute to open it and drive away.
The hack requires one of the transmitters to be in range of the key fob, which the research reveals Brits are making very easy for the criminals.