Key jamming crime is on the increase. Deputy Chief Constable Matt Jukesfrom the National Police Chiefs’ Council recently said, “The Vehicle Crime Intelligence Unit is working closely and extensively with a number of partners, including the Home Office and motor manufacturers, on solutions to prevent this crime now and in the future.” It is, however, important that vehicle owners remain vigilant and understand what they are up against.
Key jammers are very easy to buy on the internet and some are able to work from a distance of 75m – potentially it could affect a whole car park. When you press the button to lock your car, the jammer blocks the signal and the car’s doors do not lock. This leaves the vehicle unlocked for anybody then to rifle through and take any valuables or parts – including your car. This is why it is so important to manually check car doors before leaving a parked vehicle.
Fortunately, most modern cars either give a short hoot or some other signal that the doors have locked. Even so, it is wise to just check before moving away from the car.
Since jammers work so effectively, it is important to ensure that your car’s central locking system is working properly and consistently. If it shows any signs of not functioningas it should, you should have it looked at as soon as possible because it may have been tampered with or disabled. Always have the system reprogrammed immediately if you lose your keys and have replacements made.
Replacing a car key can be a bit of a nightmare – especially if you do not know what kind of car key you need. Here is a quick overview of the different types:
- The first type of car key is the traditional car key, and most older model vehicles still use these keys
- Next are the laser car keys; newer model cars use them instead of the traditional keys
- The tibbe key is a coded key that is coded to your specific vehicle’s ignition and door
- Finally, there is the cruciform key.
You also need to know what functions your key perform. There are the three basic functions that a car key accomplishes:
- Firstly, it is a mechanical key that releases the steering lock.
- Next, the key contains an electronic transponder chip that the car reads when you insert the key into the ignition. The car will not start if the chip is missing or broken and the whole system will need to be reprogrammed when a replacement key is made.
- The third function of the key is to act as a remote control to deactivate the alarm and to unlock the doors.
When you have your replacement keys made by Cheap Car Keys, you have the assurance that the keys will be made according to the highest standards and that the programming will be done correctly and accurately so that your keys work from the first try. We offer a mobile service so we can help you wherever you find yourself around Glasgow or the central belt of Scotland.
For the first time in 20 years, car crime is on the rise. As the manufacturers of luxury vehicles address one weakness in their latest technology, criminals find new ways around it. Recently, in footage from Essex where two criminals steal a Mercedes from the owner’s driveway, the way that they work with technology to overcome security measures was illustrated clearly.
In many cases, thieves stand close to the vehicle and jam the signal from the fob when the owner is locking the car. The car then remains unlocked and is missing upon the owner’s return. Another way thieves steal cars is by ‘hijacking’ the signal and transmitting it to someone else standing close to the car. The signalis sent to the car, which is then successfully stolen.
To prevent thieves from intercepting the signal between your keyless car’s fob and the car, experts advise that you either switch the fob off or put it in the fridge or microwave. The steel surroundings of these appliances will prevent the signal from going through to the car.
It is also important to immediately have your car’s keys reprogrammed if you lose or misplace them so that the missing keys will not work on the car or the ignition anymore. Ask us for a quote if you suspect that your signal has either been copied or when you just need a new set made. We can make and programme your keys safely and securely.
There is a blogger here in Scotland, Ms Sims by name, who has become almost a cult to fans who appreciate her humorous posts featuring the mundane lives of a family who could be any one of the middle-class families in Britain. She has gained such a strong following that the BBC recently profiled her in an article published on its online site.
Admit it. There are some of you who avoid locking your car so that you can guarantee you do not accidentally lock the keys inside. But is that a wise strategy? Should you avoid locking your car, especially in larger cities like Glasgow and Edinburgh, just to avoid having to call Cheap Car Keys Scotland to rescue you?
It is probably up there with the most distressing things that can happen to a person: your car keys are missing. Usually, you would have a spare set at home, and the problem is sorted. But what happens when you are nowhere near home or have no way of getting there to retrieve the spare set?
Before we started Cheap Car Keys Scotland, we had to seriously assess the demand for our services. It turns out that there is plenty of demand to keep us going. There are enough people dealing with lost or stolen keys to keep our mobile rescue units on the road virtually every day of the week.
We once had a customer in Stirling who was convinced that he had lost his car keys for good. He called us for emergency service but also asked if his car insurance would cover the cost. Quite honestly, we could only offer him some rather general answers. We recommended he call his insurance company and ask them.
As a company specialising in car key replacement in areas across Scotland, including Paisley, Hamilton, and Motherwell, we help people from all walks of life get back on the road after losing their car keys or discovering these have been stolen. We understand the frustration people feel when they realise they will not get away with car key replacement as cheaply as they thought. But the reality is that costs have been going up for the last several years.
As the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is a large and bustling city where the activity never stops. Things can be so busy that it’s easy to panic if you find yourself in the middle of the city centre without your car keys. read more…
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