Theft by Smart Keys

You love the convenience of the smart key on your new car. All you need to do is have your key fob in your pocket or purse and once you get within a few feet of your vehicle, the door is unlocked when you pull the handle. You might even be able to push a button on the dash to start your engine without ever having to fumble with the keys.

Unfortunately, thieves have discovered a way to use this technology against you. They don’t bother breaking into your car or pick-pocketing your keys. They just use a portable signal booster to increase the range of your key fob by up to a hundred feet.

You could be eating in a restaurant, working in your office or relaxing at home with your locked car nearby. The thief walks between you and your vehicle, turns on the booster and your car thinks that your fob is much closer. He can then open the unlocked door and steal whatever is in your vehicle without your knowledge. Or worse yet, he can press the start button and drive away.

To prevent this from happening, keep your vehicle in a locked garage, rather than on the street. Store your key fob in a metal tin, which will block any radio waves, rather than in wooden drawers or plastic container.

If you want to know more about protecting yourself or, despite your precautions, become a victim of theft, please contact us.  As your automobile insurance agency, we’ll take care of you.

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