Keyless technology blamed for theft rise

Car theft is on the increase in the UK and Wales, rising 15% from 2016 to 2018, and 40% in the last five years.

Police have blamed keyless car technology as a key contributor to this increase.

Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said, ‘Manufacturers are investing billions in ever-more sophisticated security features and software updates on an ongoing basis.

‘However, we continue to call for action to stop the open sale of equipment which helps criminals steal cars – equipment which has no legal purpose – and have written to the Home Secretary seeking a meeting to agree how this can be addressed.’