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.
Robert Macoviak is the President of Oyer, Macoviak and Associates. Oyer, Macoviak and Associates is the oldest independent insurance agency in Boynton Beach and has been in business since 1953. Oyer, Macoviak and Associates are vested members of the community who are committed to doing business face-to-face and being your insurance advocate in times of need.