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Car owners worried over keyless entry security risk

The majority of UK consumers would reconsider buying a car with keyless entry due to growing concerns over vehicle security.

According to Tracker, the stolen vehicle recovery company, its research of 500 motorists shows that 70% of motorists are worried the keyless technology on their car is vulnerable to being hacked by thieves.

Andy Barrs, police liaison officer at Tracker, said motorists would also revert to traditional security methods, such as a steering wheel lock (30%) and a clutch pedal lock (22%) for added peace of mind.

The emergence of connection protection devices, essentially a steel box which covers the OBD port to prevent diagnostics access, is also increasingly being recognised as a worthy security measure (25%).

However, stolen vehicle tracking devices have significantly become the number one consideration (40%).

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