posted 4 years ago

25% of Vehicle Thefts Now Involve the Use of a Key

The latest statistics from UK police forces and Government agencies show a striking increase in certain types of car crime.

The latest statistics from UK police forces and Government agencies show a striking increase in certain types of car crime. As vehicle security become reliant on electronic immobilisers and key recognition, more and more vehicles are being stolen using the owner’s keys, or by electronic key cloning.

The low-tech version is often down to our own bad habits, with many owners leaving their keys on show in their hallway, or on a key hook where a thief can simply help him or herself to their pride and joy.

The high-tech version involves expensive key cloning electronic equipment, where a thief uses a blank key and the vehicle’s own key duplication technology to prepare a new and usable key in just a few seconds. This is essentially the same process that a car dealer would use to replace a lost or stolen key.

Government figures for 2010/11 now show that 25 percent of stolen vehicles are taken by using a key, an increase of some 40 percent when compared to just 5 years ago. 34 percent of thefts involved forcing the lock, 18 percent breaking the window and 14 percent helping themselves via an open door.

Most modern vehicles are now fitted with immobilisers, so it is no surprise that criminals are turning to key theft and cloning to steal vehicles when traditional methods such as a brick through the window only serve to get into the car, not to enable a thief to drive it away.

Owners should use more vigilance rather than leaving their keys in plain sight, and should lock their cars on leaving them, even when in a private garage. Just because a vehicle has an immobiliser, it is not immune to theft. Whether they use a high-tech key cloning device or a car transporter that just takes your car away, thieves will go to quite a length to steal an expensive car. Cars can be exported, cloned or have their identity and number plates changed, all for a fast profit at the expense of the owner and their insurance company.

It is worth bearing in mind that many insurance companies might be less inclined to pay out if the vehicle owner has not shown a little diligence.So keep your keys safe, lock your car door and use a mechanical immobiliser or wheel clamp as an additional deterrent, and you will be much less likely to suffer the theft of your vehicle.

You have taken the best precaution by keeping the keys indoors!!! if any thief enters your property you should have the right to protect it by “any” means, Thieves only rob because they can, there are no proper deterrents or penalties because successive governments & politicos are just a set of donkeys, and the judiciary who are led by the EU prefer to protect the human rights of the thief, rather than the victim.

We have had two break-ins in 2 weeks just to ge the keys to our cars! In the first break-in, they succeeded in stealing the keys to the Mercedes. In the 2nd attempt they did not get the keys to the Audi as we had learnt our lesson from the first break-in. It is devasting. You feel so very vulnerable in your own home. The first break-in happened during the day time whilst we were out. But the 2nd break-in occurred in the early hours of the morning whilst we were in bed! And, we have the house alarmed! So, yes, I agree that they will go to any lengths to get a car. We do not live in a large city, we live in a village and just didn't expect this sort of thing to happen. So please take this article seriously, and don't leave your keys on show.

How about curing criminal thinking in the first place? Then we would not need locks, keys, alarms etcetera on our cars or houses.

Perhap swe should send these offenders to America to join the chain gangs and do some real hard time. After all we copy everything else America does.

How about making criminals actually fear prison rather than filling it with luxury items. If the sentence was severe for any crimes, they would be less likely to happen.

I cannot just be me that is disgusted that we are expected to buy a crooklock or similar to protect a car that is supposed to have state of the art electronic security. How about the electronice requiring a master key to be able to programme new keys. Letting it be done with a box of tricks only is asking for trouble. It was good enough for the Fiat Punto a few years ago, If any motor manufacturer takes this up you can send a huge cheque to me for the idea via Motoring