Could This Cheap Trick Stop Your Keyless Car Being Stolen?

Thu 8th Nov 2018

As the motor industry struggles with the impact of keyless cars being easily stolen, one UK driver believes he has come up with a simple way of preventing so-called relay attacks.

Adam Farmiloe from Wolverhampton has tested a theory which shows that placing your keys in an empty drinks car will stop your car’s signal from detecting the key and being stolen by tech savvy thieves who are using cheap signal booster devices to unlock cars and even get them started.

Farmiloe posted a video demonstrating the empty drink can hack on Facebook group Stolen Cars UK and said: “I know people can be tight when it comes to car security even spending £5 on a Faraday pouch to stop relay attacks”. The Faraday pouches distribute electrical currents around your key and are part of a range of signal blockers available on the market.

Despite the signal blockers being available, the motor industry is still unclear on how to prevent the relay attacks and it comes as police forces appear powerless to catch the thieves, with recent research from the press association suggesting that 95 per cent of vehicle theft cases are closed without anyone being charged with a crime.

Simon Williams, RAC Insurance spokesman, said: "This is a sign that thieves have found ways around car security systems and have ways of selling vehicles on with little or no fear of being caught.

"The fact fewer suspects are being identified is very worrying and no doubt a symptom of the declining number of police officers and the resulting reduction in time that can be dedicated to investigating these crimes."

Meanwhile Adam Farmiloe has also debunked the myth that keeping your keys in the microwave will prevent a relay attack. The only available advice comes from Ford who advise that keys should be stored away from your front door and out of range of a car parked closely outside. The other alternative is to revert back to traditional keys.