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How to protect keyless entry cars

by Ryan Ward April 02, 2019 3 min read

How to protect keyless entry cars

"Please consider making a RFID-protective pouch for car keys that are small and classy like your wallets."

Recently, we had this message over Facebook with a specific request.

"Small and classy". Flattery will get you everywhere. 

So, gauntlet thrown down, gauntlet picked up.

Previously, we had toyed with the idea of a key pouch or holder for general use using the same leathers as you'd find in the Carbon range of wallets. Prior to this however, we hadn't considered the RFID blocking aspect.

But it makes sense to do it, right? Here in the UK, car thefts have soared by 56%, and many of those are victim of key relaying.

What is key relaying?

It's pretty simple, and, in my opinion, even more annoying than good ol' smash-and-grab theft:

A radio signal amplifier is held up to the side of your house in the hopes of picking up a signal from your car key. Once discovered, the signal is relayed to a secondary unit near your car. The signal unlocks the car (and in some cases starts it) and the thieves are in and away. 

This act can be done in under 60 seconds with little to no evidence of the perpetrators ever being there.

What's more, the gear to do this can be found online for around £200. I'm pretty sure your car is worth more than that.

So what can I do about it?

Well, there's a spate of people wrapping their keys in tin foil but let's face it, it's an ugly and wasteful solution to a modern problem.

KeyBlcok open in hand with Mercedes-Benz key ejected from top

What about some sort of RFID-blocking pouch? They do exist but they're not the most attractive looking bits of kit. You've got your pride and joy on the drive, why hide the key away in something so...drab?

Or, you can use KeyBlock.

And this is where you come in?

Precisely.

After the message via Facebook and some research, we found that this was actually a desirable concept but that many people simply weren't aware of the issue at all.

With KeyBlock, we're hand-making every piece here in the UK, offering personalisation for free with premium automotive leathers and an intuitive key ejection system all as standard. 

KeyBlockis from just £25 on the road and can save you thousands by minimising the risk of keyless entry theft of your vehicle.

I don’t know about you, but the idea that all the glass in my front door is intact, the door itself not kicked in, all seems well, is even more irritating when you realise the car is gone with no trace of how or when. The alarm won’t even go off.

Automotive manufacturers are working on solutions but this is a problem now.

80% of the top selling cars in the UK are vulnerable to this sort of theft, so there’s a good chance that your car is among the brands that failed the tests.

Deep breath...

  • Volkswagen
  • Ford
  • Kia
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Nissan
  • Peugeot
  • Renault
  • Skoda
  • Volvo
  • BMW
  • Honda
  • Audi
  • Hyundai

It’s a shockingly big list (and that's what we could find).

And despite the sheer scale of the problem, manufacturers have been slow to act. Some have enacted recalls but if you’ve ever suffered a recall of any product, you know what a pain it can be.

Ok, this seems pretty serious. What do I do now?

Get yourself protected and get KeyBlock. Prices start at £25 with two sizes, multiple leathers and free engraving available.

KeyBlock is available here.

 

 

Ryan Ward
Ryan Ward


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