Majority of motorists mistrust keyless car technology, survey finds

Despite attempts to quash new research by scientists that exposes a major security flaw found in car key fobs, nearly 140 different popular makes and models of vehicles driven by UK motorists have now been confirmed as being at risk. Stolen vehicle recovery expert, Tracker (part of the Tantalum Corporation), which has been a longstanding campaigner against weak electronic ignition systems, can reveal that 70 per cent of people it surveyed said they would reconsider purchasing a keyless car in the wake of growing concern over fears to vehicle security.

“The release of this research is extremely worrying for car owners. Although we all delight in technology that makes our own lives easier, it is a double edged sword, and in this case, car thieves have been quick to equip themselves with new technology that outwits the manufacturers,” explains Andy Barrs, police liaison officer, Tracker. “Our research shows that motorists would prefer to revert to traditional security methods, such as a steering wheel lock (30 per cent) and a clutch pedal lock (22 per cent) for added peace of mind. The emergence of connection protection devices, essentially a steel box which covers the OBD port to prevent diagnostics access, is also increasingly being recognised as a worthy security measure (25 per cent). However, stolen vehicle tracking devices have significantly become the number one consideration (40 per cent).

“Whilst a tracking unit won’t stop your car from being stolen by thieves in the first instance, it does significantly increase the chances of your vehicle being located and returned to you; in most instances by up to 93 per cent. It is for this reason that ours is the only SVR product used by all the UK’s police forces,” concludes Andy Barrs.

Unlike other devices, Tracker’s unique technology can locate stolen vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage or shipping container. It is this expertise which makes Tracker the leader in stolen vehicle recovery. It works like an electronic homing device; a covert transmitter is hidden in one of several dozen places around the vehicle. There is no visible aerial, so the thief won’t even know it’s there.

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