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Car thieves increasingly on the lookout for keys

Date: 26/10/2012 12:06:07
Category: Car tracking
Author: David Howells

Thieves are increasingly targeting older cars as they look to steal keys from inside the home, thunderfeeds.com reports.

Many car owners feared new high-tech ways of stealing 'keyless' cars - wherein thieves could intercept the data sent between the key fob and vehicle. This has proven too difficult for criminals, however; who have instead resorted to targeting older cars, for which they can simply steal the keys from within a person's home.

New research from financial mutual LV found that four in every ten car thefts happen as a result of keys being stolen from an owner's home during a burglary. Even older techniques - such as hot-wiring - are too complicated for some thieves, now attributed to just one in 50 thefts.

Five years ago, this figure was closer to 16 per cent.

"Improvements in car security mean that criminals now place a greater emphasis on stealing the keys rather than forcing the ignition," managing director of LV, John O'Roarke, told telegraph.co.uk.

Other techniques have seen a rise, however, such as 'lifting', which quite simply sees a car lifted onto the back of a truck and driven off. In 2011 this technique accounted for 12 per cent of thefts but has since risen to 14 per cent.

Owners of black Audis or BMWs may wish to invest in vehicle tracking technology as they were top of thieves' wishlists, whilst yellow smart cars didn't fare quite so well - coming bottom of the pile. Elsewhere, discerning thieves also look for air conditioning, alloy wheels, CD players and metallic paint.

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