Keyless car theft, also known as relay theft, is the phrase given to the theft of cars with a keyless entry system. Criminals use equipment to intercept the signal from the key inside the house and use this to unlock and start the car and then drive away. This means that even if your car and home are secure, thieves can still unlock, start and steal your car.

There are simple steps that you can take to reduce your risk of falling victim to this type of crime:

Box It | Bag It | Block It

Box It: placing your keys in a metal tin can be enough to block the signal from travelling any further.

Bag It: another option is to purchase a signal-blocking pouch and keep your keys in this when they’re not in use.

Block It: as an extra security measure where possible, consider using other vehicles to block your keyless car in so it can’t be easily driven away.

Some keys have an option to turn off the signal transmitted from it, sometimes with the double press of a button, so it’s worth checking your manual to see whether yours has this functionality.