Eastern European gangs are targeting virtually every BMW, keyless Fiestas, Audi Q7s, Range Rovers and Transit vans
Nicking cars has gone hi-tech. Last week an Essex villain was busted in London for stealing more than 150 cars worth nearly £4million.
It was the biggest car theft ring the Metís stolen car squad had ever seen. But Mr Essex isnít the only criminal at it.
If your car has an electronic key or keyless entry system, youíre at risk. Eastern European gangs are targeting virtually every BMW, particularly 320 and 330 M Sport models, keyless Fiestas, Audi Q7s, Range Rovers, even Mercedes Sprinter and Transit vans.
The scam is simple. Criminals buy car-key cloning devices (the internet is full of them) and pick their victim.
As the innocent motorist tries to lock the car, the signal is blocked by an RF jammer. The punter walks away, unknowingly leaving the car open, the criminal then plugs an information reader into the onboard diagnostic socket and reprograms a blank key and drives it away.
Most vans end up in Poland and Lithuania. Cars are broken into parts and shipped round the world, while high-end stuff goes to Russia. A visible anti-theft will make any blagger think again.
The problem centres around easily-bought key programmers. Key data is available because EU law says manufacturers have to share technical info with independent garages ...and reprogramming blank keys is easy.
Some insurance companies arenít paying out because a key has been used and claim itís the ownerís fault. Another scam is if you see a note under the wiper of your posh wheels from a motorist whoís dinged your car, donít accept his offer of a dent bloke to sort it out. Heíll come, fix the scratch and slip in a key reader. A month later your pride and joyís gone.
Quick Heads Up on the Transit Van Thefts. It seems that a Skeleton Key is now available that will open up Transit Van and Possibly All Fords Using the same key construction.
Its the tools there after. An Autowatch 458Rlís The answer.