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Smart key theft is surging. And many owners of luxury vehicles, such as the Audi Q3 or the Audi A5, are being left stranded. Car thieves are targeting vehicles with keyless entry systems; this is because they are high value and surprisingly easy to steal.

Thought keyless entry and ignition systems were more secure?

Sadly, this simply is not the case.
The keyless Audi A3, Audi A4 and Audi A6 all failed the ADAC security test, meaning the doors of these vehicles were able to be illegally opened and the engine was able to be illegally started.

How is this possible?

By intercepting the signal from your car’s key fob and preventing it from locking, modern car thieves hack into your vehicle’s on-board computer and infiltrate its security system. And by attaching a device to the vehicle’s OBD port, they quickly download the car’s electronic details onto a dummy key. Then they’re off. The smart criminal can have full control of your vehicle in seconds.

Why are Audis being targeted?

Car criminals are specifically targeting vehicles, such as the Audi S8 and the Audi A6 allroad, to meet the increasing demand for high-value vehicles in Eastern Europe. Although manufacturers of luxury cars continue to develop their security systems, car thieves quickly adapt to the updates.

Keep your car safe

Phantom’s brand-new iTrackOBD tracking and security system provides OBD protection, meaning thieves will be unable to steal your Audi via its on-board diagnostics port.
The iTrackOBD also offers:

  • 24-hour control centre monitoring, providing around the clock protection
  • Tow alerts, so you’ll avoid the inconvenience and expense of your vehicle being impounded
  • The My Phantom App, which checks location, mileage and battery voltage, all from the palm of your hand