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As most of you are aware Keyless entry on cars becoming more common, not requiring a physical key to gain entry to the car or even place into the car to start it up. This is leaving many new cars vulnerable to keyless entry theft as can be seen here:
What worries me is that if you are “targeted” by these criminals than this type of key cloning can happen whilst your shopping etc as they just need to be within close proximity of your key and then they could come steal your car at a later time.
Now I know there many Faraday boxes/pouches you can place your keys in to stop this kind of signal being submitted out and even disable the keyless entry on most vehicles but this does not stop how KEY CLONING.
So even if someone was to smash your window whilst you are sleeping they can easily create a cloned key and still drive off with the car in a matter of minutes. Ive actually seen this happen with my own eyes, my friend had actually broken his key and called someone out and they made him a replacement key within a few minutes using his computer without even much access to the car.
NOW whats the best way to combat this?
A combination of disabling keyless entry/using faraday pouch? But doesn’t stop the key cloning aspect.
I have come across something called a Ghost immobiliser. This means for the engine to be turned/put into gear you must input a sequence of buttons of your choice on the dash/steering wheel upto 21 buttons long. For example you press start/stop then input the sequence of: right paddle shift 3 times, left paddle shift 2 times, window up, window down etc. Almost like a cheat code on the old playstation consoles! Now without this code the car will not go into gear and the engine will cut out. Even if a key was cloned you would still need the sequence to enable to drive the car.
Heres a quick video showing it in action:
From what I know this costs around £400 to install so it isn’t cheap, but let me know what everyone thinks? What ways do you use to combat this method of theft? Is there anything ive missed?
ALSO I am unsure if Motability will allow for this type of immobiliser to be fitted to their cars? Does anyone know?
A very paranoid owner lol