In recent years, a wave of vehicular crime known as 'relay theft' has been on the rise in Canada, causing alarm among vehicle owners and law enforcement agencies alike. This sophisticated form of theft exploits modern vehicle technology, specifically the keyless entry systems. It's high time we delve deeper into understanding this threat and how we can protect ourselves from becoming victims.
Relay theft is a new-age method that thieves use to steal vehicles equipped with keyless entry systems, all without needing the physical key. The perpetrators work in pairs: one stands near the car while the other stands near the house, usually with a relay amplifier. The device amplifies the signal from the key fob inside the house, tricking the car into thinking the key is nearby. Once the car's system is deceived, it's open season for the thieves.
These high-tech car thieves don't discriminate. Whether it's a high-end luxury car or an everyday family vehicle, if it uses keyless technology, it's at risk. The rapid rise of relay thefts across Canada has been facilitated by the growing number of vehicles using keyless entry systems and the easy availability of relay devices on the internet.
According to Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), vehicle thefts in Canada increased by a startling 29% from 2019 to 2020, with many of these attributed to relay thefts. Major cities like Toronto and Vancouver have seen substantial spikes in cases. But the trouble isn't confined to big cities; suburban and rural areas are witnessing a similar surge.
So, what can we do to combat this new wave of high-tech theft? Traditional methods like steering wheel locks can offer a deterrent, but they might not be enough given the sophistication of these attacks. This is where innovative solutions like SecureFOB come into play.
SecureFOB offers a potent solution to counteract relay theft. By providing a secure, tamper-proof container for your key fob when not in use, SecureFOB blocks the fob's signal, effectively rendering the relay devices useless and your car safe. They come in two sizes, the SecureFOB PowerCompact and SecureFOB PowerMax, catering to different battery sizes in key fobs, ensuring a snug and secure fit for a wide range of vehicle keys.
Relay thefts highlight the vulnerabilities in keyless entry systems. As technology advances, so do the methods employed by thieves. While vehicle manufacturers and law enforcement are continually working to stay ahead of criminals, vehicle owners must take steps to protect themselves. Products like SecureFOB represent a robust, practical solution that every keyless entry vehicle owner should consider.
As vehicle owners in Canada, staying informed about emerging threats like relay theft is crucial. Equally important is taking proactive steps to protect our assets. By using dedicated security products and following best practices, we can contribute to a significant reduction in these types of crimes and keep our vehicles safe and secure.