Thieves target hands-free keys in break-ins, experts warn - FOX Carolina 21

Thieves target hands-free keys in break-ins, experts warn

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

 You would never think storing your car keys in the freezer or the microwave would help prevent against thefts, but experts say it can.

Deveren Werne of Liquid Video Technologies in Easley uses one of those hands-free key fobs, the kind where you don't even have to touch your key to unlock your door. He said a thief could access the radio frequency of his key fob and get in without even noticing. 

All it takes is tech knowledge, and a power amplifier.

"What an amplifier does is it boosts the signal, so now your car keys can be inside your house and the thief can be outside, and it boosts that signal," said Werne. "Then he could walk up to your car and open up your car without the alarm going off because it thinks it's you entering your car."

It essentially tricks the vehicle into thinking you are holding your keys right next to the door. 

"This is still quite rare, but the possibility of it does exist," said Linda Burch with AAA of the Carolinas. "The best thing you can do when you're home, if possible, keep your car in the garage with the door down."

But there are other, less conventional places, where experts say you can store your hands-free key fobs for protection.

The fridge would work; even a microwave.

"You could drop them in your oven," said Werne, who added that the frequency would be protected if encased in a metal box. 

He said wrapping the keys in aluminum foil also works. 

Local law enforcement said they have not encountered a case of hands-free key break-ins, but across the nation there have been numerous cases. 

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