Modern cars are so secure that thieves are constantly looking for new ways to steal your motor, and your car keys remain the weakest link in your vehicle’s security. Hotwiring vehicles is virtually impossible because most modern cars are fitted with immobilisers, so they will only start with a correctly programmed key. Therefore thieves are stealing car keys before attempting to drive off with your new motor.
If your car keys have been stolen, you need to act quickly to protect your vehicle. Here are the steps you need to take.
- Secure Your Vehicle
If your keys have been stolen but your car remains on the drive, you need to take steps to ensure that it stays there. Ideally you should block your car in with another vehicle, but if that’s not possible and you have a spare set of keys you could flip your bonnet and remove some spark plugs or fuses so it won’t start.
- Call the Police
For insurance purposes, you need to inform the police as soon as possible and obtain a crime reference number.
- Contact Your Insurance Provider
Once you have a crime reference number, you need to contact your car insurers to advise them of the crime. Some insurers include key cover as standard so may contribute towards the cost of replacement. Other insurers have certain requirements, such as insisting all your car locks are changed.
- Phone an Auto Locksmith
An auto locksmith can help you whether you have a spare set of keys or not. They can obtain access to your vehicle and change the programming code so the vehicle will no longer start with the stolen set of keys. They can also obtain an additional set of keys and programme them for your vehicle. If necessary, they can change the mechanical locks of the vehicle, although this is more expensive and sometimes unnecessary.
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