Component theft is more widespread
Smart keys breed sneaky thieves
There are many manufacturers currently developing technology which will help track stolen car parts. However, nothing has been tested and released to the market. Despite this, there have been various leaps forward when it comes to anti-theft technology. GPS vehicle tracking has become much more widespread, as have electronic key management services like KEYper Systems. However, as these systems have garnered more media attention, criminals have become more sophisticated to keep up. Modern criminals have been known to copy smart keys, use GPS and manufactured keys to steal rental vehicles, and pull off digital identity theft jobs in order to finance illicit vehicle purchases. The FBI has even warned of criminals being able to hack into cars remotely! Patrick Clancy, spokesperson for LoJack, a vehicle recovery tech firm, said: "Although numbers show a decline in theft, the impact that today's connected vehicle thief has on individuals and businesses that fall victim to them is much greater. We rely on our vehicles for much more than just transportation. Today, our vehicles hold critical information such as our phone contacts, registration and insurance details, even the address and directions to our home.” As consumer technology hurtles towards a world where pretty much everything is connected, we’re expected to see much more pressure on security firms to combat an ever-evolving car thief. If auto manufacturers don’t accommodate for modern needs, soon it will be much safer to buy severely outdated cars!
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