Thieves using amplification devices to steal keyless entry vehicles – Ridge Rock Brewing Company

OTTAWA – Ottawa police are warning vehicle owners even with their keyless FOBs in their homes, thieves may still be able to steal your car. “The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) recently noticed a 42 Division of Toronto Police Service public advisory about a number of overnight vehicle thefts from driveways occurring in Toronto, where vehicles with a keyless entry system or FOB system are being targeted,” the OPS released in a statement.


“In these most recent thefts, the thieves are using a signal amplification device.” It is believed thieves stand near the front door of a house, holding a device that captures the signal emitted from the keyless FOB. This device is the radio frequency amplifier that will increase the signal range of the keyless FOB. A second person stands near the vehicle and receives the signal from the device, unlocking the vehicle. The radio frequency amplifier can also be used to start the vehicle. Please see the Toronto police posting of a Caledon OPP security video of such a device being used. “Our investigators have not yet seen the use of signal amplifiers in Ottawa,” the OPS said. “In the event this technology makes its way to Ottawa, a simple line of defense is to consider keeping any vehicle with a proximity key fob inside a radio frequency shield (RFS), commonly known as ‘Faraday pouch.’ This will prevent the key FOB’s signal from being amplified to the vehicle from inside the house protecting it from being driven away.” More proactive tips to help you protect your vehicle: Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at crimestoppers.ca. — wadmin Tagged: Stories
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