WARNING! Van Security Alert - New Keyless Entry Hack Means New Tool Theft and Van Theft Risks!
As if van owners don't already have enough to worry about with all the van tool theft and theft of whole vans!! Vehicle crime has risen by 50% in the last 3 years and tool theft from vans is at an all time high.
Tradesmen up and down the country are struggling to understand all the different problems with van security and now we have a whole new generation of problem to try and get your heads around with the new keyless entry technology being added as standard to some new vans.
If your van has keyless entry? then you do not have to press the unlock button on your remote control to open you van, as long as you have your remote control in your pocket then the van will unlock automatically when you pull on the handle (or touch the button on your van handle). This is great if you are the legitimate owner who finds this very convenient, but the problem comes when thieves use a range extender to make your van think that the thief has the remote control in his pocket. But he does not have your remote control, your remote control could be hanging up in your house, in your coat pocket or besides your bed. This type of attack could even be used while you are inside a builders merchants and a thief is in the car park stood next to your van, as far as your van knows there is no difference.
Please watch the video to understand the problem and share it with other tradesmen so they can understand how they can protect themselves from this type of attack.
We recommend the following;
- Don't select keyless entry as an option when you buy a van
- Turn keyless entry off if you do have it on your van or keep your key inside an RFID blocking wallet or metal tin when you are not driving your van
- Find out what van security package we recommend for your model van
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