We have had two examples in the area in the last month (one in the Pines this week) where intruders have tried to steal cars using scanners to capture the signal from keyless car fobs.
This time last year, we had a similar attempt that was caught on video (shared with Gardaí) and I thought that it would be useful to share some visuals on how fast this can occur. I have put together screenshots that illustrate the process which will hopefully help explain how this occurs.
The attempt, while unsuccessful on this occasion did manage to open the car and it was all over in less than 2 minutes.
If you do have a keyless fob for your car (many modern cars have them) you can prevent the signal from being broadcast by keeping the key in a metal box or a pouch – known as a Faraday box / pouch – and they are available for around €20 online. Sample picture below.
As the evenings and the nights get longer, the opportunities for burglars are greater. Not that we are going far but make sure that you light up the house if you are heading out and put on your alarm when you are in for the night.