An increasing number of people are now relying on the use of transponder keys on their cars for security purposes. However, it’s very important to realize that despite the fact that this technology has been more secure than using keys to manually open car doors, most criminals are now catching up to it and are now using more advanced methods of facilitating theft. This means that car owners need to be more active in trying to reduce this effect, rather than being overly reliant on a technology that might be compromised in some instances.
How does transponder-related auto theft occur?
A transponder works by sending a code to the car, after which the car then sends a confirmatory code back to the transponder after having opened the doors or even starting the engine. This is the process that normally occurs when you press the key to disable the alarm and open the car doors as you approach it.
In some parts of the world, there are criminals who use devices that can capture such the codes sent between the car and the key fob. Once they do this, they can then send a similar signal to the car (such as when you have left the car), which allows them to access the car even if they don’t have the key. This is especially so if the transponder you are using is old.
Other ways in which it can happen
In addition to the above, there are other less common ways in which the same can happen. For instance, when you have the keyless entry system installed on a car that never had it before, the individuals doing it may end up rigging it in such a manner that they will be able to disable it or breach it at a later date. This is especially so if you have the system installed by a nondescript garage, rather than a well-known one.
How can you avoid this?
The best way to avoid this is by simply being smart about how you approach using your keyless entry system. For instance, if you ever have to have it repaired or modified (such as when you lose your key), it would be wise to get it done at a facility that you can trust, and which can guarantee your safety.
It’s also important to use more modern transponder systems as well. This is especially so when you are replacing the one on your car or getting a new one. The newer systems change their confirmation codes every so often. This means that even if one captured the code that was used to open the doors once, it might not be usable again even if they tried it at that moment. This is because such systems will discard that code and generate a new one immediately.
In summary, you should not take your safety for granted when using such systems. The above are some of the issues you need to keep in mind and which will definitely help you reduce the chances of losing your car.