Experts of the British Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders have concluded that the recent car thefts with electronic keys become too easy prey for Theft Auto.
According to them, every year the percentage of stealing expensive models only increases.
In Europe, a growing number of car thefts with electronic keys
The popularity of car thefts that open and a plant with an electronic key in the hands of the owner, has recently increased. However, despite the fact that manufacturers regularly update the software, car thieves also have the opportunity to buy such keys. To commit theft they simply reprogram the key, says BBC.
According to the Jaguar Land Rover, the problem of reprogramming car thefts of electronic keys criminals is common for the entire automotive industry. “We take this issue very seriously and are working closely with the insurance companies, the police and our engineers to stop the growing threat” – the company said.
In turn, the UK insurance companies say that every case of abduction car thefts they considered individually, since there are cases fraud with insurance. For example, the Times reported on the case of car thefts, when the insurance company AIG refused to cover the damage.
Analyst firm Thatcham Research also recognizes the urgency of this problem. However, in their opinion, the frequent theft of expensive brands such as BMW and Audi are primarily related to the specific application is not the key, but with the popularity of these car thefts in Europe.
It is noted that in the UK the total number of car theft declined from 318,000 in 2002 to 77,500 in 2013. But at the same time, the number of car thefts of vehicles with modern electronic security systems is growing.
Members of the Society of producers and sellers believe that the following legislation to toughen penalties for the use of equipment used for car thefts. To date, such devices are legally in the public domain in any UK garage.