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Hi There,

I am looking to change my car and I have narrowed my search down to 2 possible cars, the Volvo
XC60 and the Land Rover Discovery Sport, both circa 2020 registrations.

Both of these cars come with keyless entry and start systems and I am concerned about the
possibility of theft as I have heard a lot recently about cars being stolen without the keys by thieves
who are using devices to copy or boost the signal from the keys while they are away from the car or
even in the owner’s house.

Am I right to be concerned or is this just the media hyping up these issues?

Thanks

Gerry

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Hi Gerry,

Unfortunately, the occurrence of these types of thefts are on the increase in Ireland, but the equipment required to steal a car in this manner is quite sophisticated, so thankfully it is not that common and only accounts for a small percentage of overall vehicle thefts.

Thankfully, there are ways to help protect yourself from becoming a victim of these types of crimes. The keys for these keyless entry systems are constantly putting out a signal, as they are constantly searching for the car. This is the detail that thieves look to take advantage of, so by reducing or blocking this signal, you can greatly reduce your chance of this happening to your new car.

Storing your keys in a small metal box will block a lot of the signal that the keys emit, this creates a “Faradays Cage” effect and is a very effective and cheap solution. Another piece of advice would be to remove the batteries from your spare key if it is not used regularly. Keeping the keys as far away from the car as is practical is also a good idea.

Hope this helps and best of luck with your new purchase.

Regards

Brian

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Answered on October 2, 2022 11:35 am
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