INSURERS want owners of keyless cars to keep the fobs in metal bags after a spike in thefts.
Claims have increased by 20 per cent in each of the last four years, with London seeing the biggest increase, rising over 250 per cent since 2016.
Keyless cars account for a greater proportion of claims, according to analysis by LV= General Insurance.
The company said that the best way to prevent theft was to keep your fob in a Faraday bag – a metal-lined bag that blocks digital signals.
Heather Smith, managing director at LV= General Insurance, said: “From keyless cars, to Apple’s recent CarKey partnership with BMW, which means drivers can unlock and start their vehicle with an iPhone, car technology continues to advance.
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“But unfortunately so do the methods criminals use to steal them, so consumers need to keep on top of new innovations and take extra precautions to ensure they stay one step ahead of criminals who may try and take advantage of them, and their cars.
The police can only do so much, so it’s vital that drivers do everything they can to protect their vehicle, especially those driving a luxury or prestige car that is likely to attract attention.”
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