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UK Relay Theft Epidemic

UK Relay Theft Epidemic

You might think that a shiny new luxury car, costing tens of thousands of pounds, would have the latest vehicle security measures built in to protect it from criminals. You’d be wrong.

According to research by TRACKER, 96% of car owners are susceptible to the latest method employed by criminals to steal cars – the relay attack.  The method uses high-tech electronic signal relaying equipment to ‘hack’ new cars and trick them into thinking the keys are present.

TRACKER found that 25% of people surveyed said they leave their keys somewhere in the hallway overnight – this is the most common room in the house for thieves to target when attempting to intercept an electronic key’s signal. CCTV obtained by West Midlands Police shows just how quickly the criminals can gain access to your vehicle – in this case, just 40 seconds. Most drivers aren’t even aware this is a problem, but for many, it’s almost like leaving the keys in the ignition with the car door open.

Lee Fletcher, director of Vehicle Accessories Ltd, commented “The number of keyless thefts around the country is very worrying, and it is a trend which is only increasing. With manufacturers doing little to prevent the attacks, it’s the consumers who have to take matters into their own hands and make sure their vehicles are protected.”

Lee suggests fitting a GPS/VHF tracker to your vehicle, and with so many different products on the market, it’s important to know what’s what. Many vehicle tracking devices available are Thatcham accredited; meaning that fitting one to your vehicle can reduce your insurance premium. To add to this, some insurers will require a tracker to be fitted before they will insure a vehicle. A few select manufacturers, such as TRACKER and Scorpion, are also Police approved and work closely with Police forces up and down the country to retrieve stolen vehicles.

The Scorpion CAT5 Tracker is approved by Secured by Design, the official UK Police initiative recognising companies and products which have been stringently tested and proven to reach high levels of security standards. This product has also attained Thatcham Category 5 classification, the highest level category given to vehicle trackers. The Scorpion CAT5 Tracker system is monitored 24/7/365 to ensure that no matter when the criminals strike, you are alerted almost immediately. Scorpion’s Secure Operating Centre will then work with the police to recover the vehicle. The Scorpion system even has the power to remotely disable the vehicle at any time – a powerful ‘sting’ in the product’s tail.

TRACKER’s system is also endorsed by the Police with all of the UK’s 52 forces fitting detection devices to their patrol cars, allowing them to track stolen vehicles directly and not needing to have location information relayed to them from a control room. With recovery times of sometimes under one hour and a total value of vehicles recovered standing at an impressive £527million, this is a system to be reckoned with. There are a number of different levels of protection, and different products available for different types of vehicle.

For more information about vehicle tracking, head to our Tracking page, email sales@vehicle-accessories.net or call 0333 200 7244.

Paul Randall
Paul Randall
2024-03-14
First Class! Dave and the team are fantastic. The fit on our first Mobile Bike Service and Repair Van could not be any better. From the very beginning, through the design process, all the way to completion I cannot fault a single thing. As I write this, our second van is being fitted to exactly the same specification and the third van is on the way. Long may this partnership continue!
Tim Lees
Tim Lees
2024-02-20
Very helpful and patient with an older guy who was a bit nervous ordering from a company I didn't know. The product I wanted wasn't on their website but I thought it worth asking and they had it at a good price. It came the next day and worked perfectly.
Richard Shepherd
Richard Shepherd
2024-01-17
I highly recommend Lee, Dave and the Team at Vehicle Accessories after they did a fantastic job for a one off bespoke van fit for my business. I approached them with a rather radical high concept idea, Dave did a great job taking notes from my extensive brief. He made a great effort to listen and take notes along the way making sure he understood and made suggestions for materials which really led to a much better end product. A particular highlight was a suggestion for them to fabricate a wall mounted Steal Mesh cage system for my equipment which far exceeded my expectations of quality and engineering. During the planning stage and construction suggestions were made to change materials and systems for what they thought would work better for the project as it developed. The end product was perfect and done to a very high standard, it really turned out better than I ever hoped for. Communication throughout was excellent with regular updates, fast responses and easy dialogue when confirming details or discussing changes. Changes were managed quickly and efficiently throughout the build with a great deal of flexibility and professionalism. Even though I was just having just one bespoke build being done for myself I felt highly valued as a customer and treated with the same level of respect and attentiveness as someone ordering a fleet. The quality of work and customer service will certainly mean I’ll be coming back for my next van project.
Philip Taylor Ashby
Philip Taylor Ashby
2023-12-26
Lee and his helpful staff sorted my lock problem that made it easy to break in or steal and at there Christmas closing time🙏, friendly helpful and reasonable thank you all.
Mark Elliott
Mark Elliott
2023-05-23
Great choice of equipment to fit and all done efficiently. They have designed and fitted racking to 75 vehicle for us in the last year.
Ross Thomson
Ross Thomson
2023-05-20
I can’t recommend Lee and his team of wizards enough. They fitted the gas with all the safety requirements and modified / adapted several parts of the electrics. They went above and beyond my expectations - I won’t hesitate to use them again.
Andrew Young
Andrew Young
2023-04-13
What can say.... the order process was simple, prices competitive and when it was realised that I had ordered 2 incompatible parts I got a call to check and recify the order. Collection was easy and the install team did a quick, neat job. Job done....until next time thank you
Annie Meadows
Annie Meadows
2023-02-28
Dave, Lee and the team at VA moved crates from my old van to a new one. Easy to communicate with, quick turn around, met all my requests, made good suggestions (such as putting in a waterproof floor) and did an excellent job. Highly recommend.
miles leech
miles leech
2022-12-22
Big thanks to Dave and the rest of the Vehicle Accessories team. They've done a great job fitting security locks and a floor in my new van. They also moved over my racking and interior lights from my previous van while going out of there way to make it all fit. Excellent service, very efficient and professional. Highly recommended and nice people to deal with. Thanks Miles Ashton Gas


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