Government data showed that vehicle thefts in 2018/19 reached a nine-year high, with more than 114,000 vehicles reported as stolen in England and Wales alone over the 12-month period.
Figures from comparison site GoCompare suggest that losing a car to theft adds more than £600 to a driver’s insurance costs on top of the stress and inconvenience of losing their car.
Much of the rise in thefts has been attributed to criminals targeting new cars with keyless entry systems which are vulnerable to relay attacks or “key cloning”.
Despite this form of theft being an increasingly common method employed by criminals, 42 per cent of UK drivers don’t understand what key cloning is or how it works, according to research by GoCompare.
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