Best way to prevent and protect car theft | Auto theft prevention
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What is the best way to prevent car theft? How to protect car from break ins? Where you leave your keys inside your home could make your car the target of a break-in.
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Auto theft prevention problem: As vehicles become more technologically advanced, thieves are becoming technologically savvy, too.
"Just as quickly as the cars are coming up with these technologies, we have criminals out there trying to combat it and find ways around it," said Officer Chris Kopp of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in North Carolina.
Cars with a hands-free key fobs typically unlock a car within about 30 centimeters, said Dave Yelverton, a spokesman for AAA Carolinas.
"Your car is continually trying to reach out and touch this key," Yelverton said. "And when it finds the key, you can open the door without touching the car without using the key. You can just leave it in your pocket."
More thieves are using high-tech electronic devices to break through the keyless-entry systems that lock up modern cars, the National Insurance Crime Bureau reports.
The thieves are using electronic "scanner boxes" that allow them mimic the signal emitted by key fobs that open car doors with the click of a button, the NICB says.
Once inside, thieves can steal personal items, the investigative arm of the insurance industry says.