The rise of Keyless Theft in the UK

As mentioned in the Thatcham's Update, there are a lot of initiatives underway to try and prevent these thefts:  

  • The old classic – steering wheel lock
  • RFID pouches - they contain signal blockers to prevent keys from being copied
  • OBD port protectors

 RFID (Faraday) pouches can be purchased from retailers such as Amazon, from as little as £8.99.

What cars are most at risk?

Unfortunately, a very high number! German General Automobile Club (ADAC) tested 30 different car manufacturer brands, which included 230 cars only 3 couldn’t be unlocked.

Here are some of those that are most at risk:  

  • Mini Clubman
  • Mazda CX5
  • Lexus RX 450h
  • Kia Optima
  • Hyundai Santa Fe CRDi
  • Honda HR-V
  • Ford Galaxy
  • Ford EcoSport
  • Citreon DS4 CrossBack
  • BMW 730d
  • Audi A6
  • Audi A5
  • Audi A3

ADAC found that Jaguar Land Rover cars were the most secure, and they couldn’t break in using keyless theft. More specifically, the latest models of the Discovery, Range Rover and the 2018 Jaguar i-Pace. However, the older models of Jaguar Land Rover could still be entered through keyless theft, and these are quite popular among our HNW clients.

Did you know?

The Renault Laguna was the first vehicle released with the Keyless technology back in 2005.

infographic on keyless theft stats




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