Keyless cars blamed for surge in claims as insurers pay £1m a day

Keyless cars are blamed for surge in theft claims: Motor insurers paying out a record £1m a day as thieves target ‘vulnerable’ high-tech vehicles

  • Amount paid out in vehicle thefts claims soared by 29% last year to £376million
  • Number of claims rose by 12% to 56,000, with a new theft claim every 6 minutes
  • Police say sudden increase in thefts after years of decline is partly due to tech
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Motor insurers are paying out a record £1million a day to drivers following a rise in keyless car thefts.

Police say a sudden increase in vehicle thefts after years of decline is partly due to keyless technology.

This lets drivers open their cars just by pulling the handle if they have the fob, and they start the engine with a button, not a key.


The amount paid out in vehicle thefts claims soared by 29 per cent last year to £376million as the number of claims rose by 12 per cent to 56,000 

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A Mail investigation has exposed how high-tech thieves can hack into these systems in seconds.

The problem was highlighted as the Association of British Insurers said the amount paid out in vehicle thefts claims soared by 29 per cent last year to £376million as the number of claims rose by 12 per cent to 56,000 – with a new theft claim every six minutes. 

Home Office data says car thefts have gone up 50 per cent in five years.


Police say a sudden increase in vehicle thefts after years of decline is partly due to keyless technology

Laurenz Gerger of the ABI called for action by manufacturers ‘to tackle this high-tech vulnerability’.

In tests, six out of 11 new cars, including the latest Ford Mondeo and Toyota Corolla, had a ‘poor’ keyless security rating.

However, Audi, Jaguar LandRover and Mercedes were praised for beefing up their defences.

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