Relay Theft

Vehicles fitted with a smart or passive key which allows you to gain entry and start your vehicle without the need to interact with your vehicle’s key are susceptible to relay theft.

Criminals use specialist equipment that has the ability to grab the signal from the car to the smart key so that it appears to the car that the key is present. Your vehicle is most vulnerable overnight, particularly if parked on your driveway or directly outside your home.

The Thatcham Research  Consumer Security Rating assesses a new vehicle’s all-round security. Cars must also pass a Relay Attack test conducted by Thatcham Research technicians. Should it fail, a Poor rating is given. 

How to prevent this:

  • When not in use – either at home or when out and about - store your key in a security pouch. Security pouches are sometimes termed Faraday bags or RFID signal blockers/shields and there are many security rated versions on the market, importantly the SBD member products found HERE have been independently tested.
  • These pouches will prevent the signal from your vehicle being captured using electronic devices
  • Remember to secure both keys in a security pouch.