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Car with keyless entry

Feb 06, 2019
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Opening, closing and starting your car without needing a car key. Where it was previously seen as a luxury option when buying a car, it is increasingly seen as theft-prone: keyless entry.

Foundation for Tackling Vehicle Crime warns of increasing theft of keyless cars. Using sophisticated hardware, criminals can easily unlock cars with keyless entry when they can get within 6 feet of the key. Do you have a car with keyless entry? A good car insurance policy is very important.

What does a car with keyless entry mean?

Keyless entry makes it possible to start a car without the need for a key. Not only is it possible to start the car without a key, you don't need a key to open and close it either. When you get near the car, the car automatically unlocks or the doors open by touching the handle.

The danger of keyless entry

Criminals can use a receiver to capture the key's signal from outside a home and "extend" it wirelessly to a transmitter. This makes the car think the key is nearby and will allow it to be unlocked. In some cases, it is even possible to start the car while the key is in the locker at home.

Tips for car owners with keyless entry

When buying your car, it is important to consider whether keyless entry is necessary. List the pluses and minuses for yourself.
If you already own a car with keyless entry, here are some tips to protect your car from theft.

  • When not in use, keep the key in a steel box or wrap it in aluminium foil.
  • Do not keep the key within 6 metres of the outer wall. This is because the signal from the key reaches a maximum of 6 metres. Within these 6 metres, the signal can be picked up by criminals.
  • Switch off the keyless entry system or have it blocked at your garage. It is often possible to disable the system in the settings of your car.
  • Get good car insurance.

Alpina

Do you own a car with keyless entry and are insured through Alpina? Find out if you are properly insured if your car with keyless entry is stolen. You can contact us on weekdays from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm at 088 - 6883700.

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