AA leader reveals his microwave trick to outsmart tech-savvy car thieves | Automotive

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A metal box inside a microwave isn’t most people’s idea of ​​a reasonable key cupboard, but the AA president revealed that’s where it’s at. he stores his key fob.

Edmund King once used a Faraday pouch – a bag with a metal lining to block signals – to hold his keyless fob, but has gone the extra mile since his wife’s £50,000 Lexus was stolen by hackers.

He told The Telegraph he was so paranoid about the repeated theft that he put the Faraday pouch in a red metal box in a microwave at the back of his house. To be doubly safe, it also uses a traditional metal steering wheel lock.

Tech-savvy thieves can relay signals from car remotes kept around the house to get their way.

Edmund King of AA. Photo: AA/PA

King believes the thieves at their Hertfordshire home used even more sophisticated techniques as his wife’s keys were in a Faraday pouch “as far from the front door as we could as we knew how to scan and grab”.

His theory is that the hackers received a signal from his wife’s key fob when she parked outside their house around 6 p.m. and later returned to steal it.

“We believe they came back at 11.45pm and used their computer to unlock the car and remove it without hitting the car or anything,” King told the Telegraph. “We didn’t notice him until the next morning, by which time he was probably in a container with his plates changed as he left the country.”

Car theft has soared since the lockdown was lifted, with Metropolitan Police data showing a 16% increase in the year to June 2022.

Some of this has been attributed to criminal gangs using tech kits purchased online to relay signals from keyless remotes into people’s homes to unlock their cars.

Most cars that offer keyless entry are in the luxury market, which makes it attractive for thieves to master the technology. Lexus, Land Rover and Mercedes use them, but they are also becoming more common in mid-range cars.

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King wants manufacturers to give drivers the ability to disable high-tech remotes and return to simpler, harder-to-hack security.

“Are we so lazy that we can’t push a button on a key fob or turn a key if it protects us?” he asked.

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