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Car thieves have new tricks

Started by RolandC, 12/01/2009 09:28AM
Posted 12/01/2009 09:28AM Opening Post
Those remote locks on our cars have given car thieves a new way to break into our vehicles without keys. All they have to do is grab our security code from the airwaves, use their laptop to create a key, send that code back over the air to unlock your vehicle remotely. Codes are easy to steal - anytime you use your remote to lock or unlock your car, it sends the code, which can be grabbed by anyone who has a suitable receiver. It only takes a thief seconds to do this.

They can then gain entry to your vehicle and steal whatever is in it - your laptop, wallet, purse or whatever you leave inside while you are at a rest stop, or grocery store. Beware. Don't use your remote to lock or unlock your car in a public parking lot. Use the inside lock when you exit the car, it does not send the code over the airwaves.

Isn't technology wonderful?

Rolando
Posted 12/01/2009 02:41PM #1
Same technology used to encrypt credit card data on the internet is deployed on remote car locks to encrypt your (un)lock codes starting circa 2001 or so. If you have a recent car, you're safe.
Posted 12/01/2009 08:53PM #2
First thing we did with our Camry was leave the key fob at home... grin My wife and I are thinking it it in a junk drawer somewhere...My Tacoma is a stripper model that does not contain any anti theft other than the which I installed. The Taco has a standard transmission, so I re-wired the clutch saftey switch to a hidden button. The truck won't start unless you can find that button 8)

It is what it is...
Posted 12/04/2009 04:48AM #3
Roland Christen said:

Those remote locks on our cars have given car thieves a new way to break into our vehicles without keys. All they have to do is grab our security code from the airwaves, use their laptop to create a key, send that code back over the air to unlock your vehicle remotely. Codes are easy to steal - anytime you use your remote to lock or unlock your car, it sends the code, which can be grabbed by anyone who has a suitable receiver. It only takes a thief seconds to do this.

They can then gain entry to your vehicle and steal whatever is in it - your laptop, wallet, purse or whatever you leave inside while you are at a rest stop, or grocery store. Beware. Don't use your remote to lock or unlock your car in a public parking lot. Use the inside lock when you exit the car, it does not send the code over the airwaves.

Isn't technology wonderful?

Rolando

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Posted 12/05/2009 05:03PM #4
david goldman said:

my car doesn't have a remote lock,i get in and out the old fashion way. i never leave anything of value in the car, and lastly, my car is too old to want for parts.
I agree..thats me too! common sense, john