Range Rover Sport – The most stolen car!

Range Rover Sport (Red)

Data released by Tracker show that the new winner of the accolade of the most stolen vehicle in the UK is the Range Rover Sport. The released figures also show that 92% of those vehicles stolen and recovered by Tracker were stolen without using the owner’s keys.

That’s a rise of 26% in four years!

Top Ten Stolen Vehicles as published by Tracker

  1. Range Rover Sport
  2. BMW X5
  3. Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  4. Range Rover Vogue
  5. Land Rover Discovery
  6. BMW X6
  7. Range Rover Evoque
  8. BMW 3 Series
  9. Range Rover Autobiography
  10. Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Keyless entry vulnerabilities

Start/Stop Button

It is believed that this is primarily due to thieves “hacking” vehicles with keyless entry functions. Whilst an extremely convenient system for you, allowing you to get into your vehicle and start it without having to get your keys out.

The problem here is, generally, the fob/key itself permanently transmits a signal to the car. Using a relay device, criminals can hijack this signal, open the car and drive away. Even when your fob/key remains inside the house!

Car security tips

To protect against keyless car theft, the Metropolitan Police advise using an electronic car key security pouch – also known as a faraday pouch.

The pouch blocks the keyless signal when the fob is inside it.

When storing your keys, keep them out of sight. It’s not unusual for thieves to fish for them through a letterbox.

Alarms and immobilisers are usually fitted as standard for new vehicles. You can also give your car a distinct mark that can be used to identify it.

Though they can’t stop signals being intercepted, tracker systems can increase the chances of your car being recovered and returned to you by the police.

Another great choice for protecting your vehicle is the Autowatch GHOST. It utilises your vehicles own electronics system to prevent your vehicle from being driven away. They may gain access, but installing an Autowatch GHOST will greatly increase your chances of waking up and your pride and joy still being there.

Essential Security for your Vehicle

Driving and COVID-19

Coronavirus Face Mask

Some of your questions answered about driving and using your car during this coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Important – the following does not constitute health advice, and official advice from the Government about travel and transport can change at any time. For the latest information and advice on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak always check official sources including GOV.UK and NHS.UK.

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Why Dashcams are becoming more and more essential

In recent times it seems that there are more and more discourteous drivers on our roads and inadvertently we may all be guilty of thinking about our own journey and experience more than someone else’s at some point in our driving experience. What was once just the odd bit of hand waving and shouting has now gone a lot further and people are finding themselves exposed to all sorts of serious and potentially life threatening incidents. Continue reading “Why Dashcams are becoming more and more essential”

No Vehicle Insurance for Phone Offenders

Using mobile phone while driving

Car insurers are refusing to cover motorists caught using a mobile phone at the wheel – even first-time offenders.

The AA conducted a survey of eight insurers and discovered that half wouldn’t even quote for a driver awarded three points for the CU80 offence, while the other half would impose a premium hike of nearly 20 per cent.

Auto Express has found that some insurers will increase policy prices for offenders even more. A spokesman for Adrian Flux told us: “Rises would vary from insurer to insurer, but could be anywhere from 15 per cent to 50 per cent or even a refusal.”

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Drivers fined for flashing headlights at oncoming cars to warn them of police speed trap

  • Tickets have already been issued for motorists who ‘misuse’ their headlights

  • Critics say the money-making exercise would erode public support for police

For years, drivers who pass a police speed trap have flashed their headlights at oncoming cars to warn them to slow down.

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Call for 20mph speed limit in built-up areas

Maximum Speed 20 MPH Sign

A coalition of charities including Brake, Sustrans and the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England are launching a GO 20 campaign on Monday.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive of Brake, said: “Everyone should be able to walk and cycle in their community without fear or threat: it’s a basic right, and GO 20 is about defending that. The 2012 Games helped us all realise the importance of being able to live active lifestyles. Critical to this is making our streets and communities safe places we can use and enjoy.”

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