No Key FOB But The Thief Can Still Drive Your Car

Key-less Entry Car Theft

NEW ORLEANS -- There's been an uptick in auto burglaries in parts of New Orleans, and while police work to try and catch those responsible, officers are noticing a new trend they want drivers to be aware of.

Keyless entry is a new technology in cars that drivers seem to like.

"I enjoy it because I never take it out of my pocket, it's one of those you just walk up, you press the little button on the door everything opens up, hop in," said Blake Heymann.

But lately, remoteless entry has turned some drivers into victims.

New Orleans Police have noticed a correlations between key fobs and auto burglaries and thefts. So much so, they've issued a warning to all drivers.

"Put your keys far enough away and put them in metal containers."

The problem is the key fob may be in your house or pocket, but still close enough for the car to read its signal. That means anyone cant get in, or worse, drive off in it.

"We're finding out you can be 10 to 15 feet away from the car and they can start your car and open the door," said Lt. Jennifer Dupree with the New Orleans Police Department.

In the past two weeks alone, there have been 37 auto burglaries in the Uptown area of New Orleans.

"That is extremely high for us and the numbers are extremely disturbing."

Several were because the car was still reading the key fob's sensor.

"We've had residents go into the store and they've started the car and taken the car."

Some drivers said they are aware of the danger and are taking precautions.

"You kind of have to know your car and what's going on with it. I always listen for the beep and I double check, triple check and I take my keys to the back with me and that's just how every day and every night starts and ends," said Kate Spangenberg.

2WTK did it's own 2TEST to see if you could in fact drive away without the FOB in the car. And yes, we made it all around our parking lot, through the gate and down the street! 

So what can you do?

If your car has a feature that lets you disable the proximity feature and go old school -- and use the button on the key fob to unlock the door... use it.

If not, the easiest way to block the signal if you're not using the car... is to keep the key fob wrapped in aluminum foil. Then you can open the foil when you want to use the fob.

 

Copyright 2016 WFMY


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