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70% of car buyers put off by security weakness in the new technology

Despite attempts to quash new research by scientists that exposes a major security flaw found in car key fobs, nearly 140 different popular makes and models of vehicles driven by UK motorists have now been confirmed as being at risk. Stolen vehicle recovery expert, TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation), which has been a longstanding campaigner against weak electronic ignition systems, can reveal that 70% of people it surveyed said they would reconsider purchasing a keyless car in the wake of growing concern over fears to vehicle security.

“The release of this research is extremely worrying for car owners. Although we all delight in technology that makes our own lives easier, it is a double edged sword, and in this case, car thieves have been quick to equip themselves with new technology that outwits the manufacturers,” explains Andy Barrs, Police Liaison Officer, TRACKER. “Our research shows that motorists would prefer to 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%).

“Whilst a tracking unit won’t stop your car from being stolen by thieves in the first instance, it does significantly increase the chances of your vehicle being located and returned to you; in most instances by up to 93%. It is for this reason that ours is the only SVR product used by all the UK’s police forces,” concludes Andy Barrs.

Unlike other devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate stolen vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage or shipping container. It is this expertise which makes TRACKER the leader in stolen vehicle recovery. TRACKER stolen vehicle recovery systems work like an electronic homing device. A covert transmitter is hidden in one of several dozen places around the vehicle. There is no visible aerial, so the thief won’t even know it’s there.


*TRACKER Keyless Car Theft Survey- June 2015- 500 respondents

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Notes to Editors

• TRACKER, part of the Tantalum Corporation, has been leading the way in the field of vehicle tracking and telematics since 1993. With over a million market leading security and award winning fleet management systems fitted to vehicles including passenger cars, motorcycles, HGVs, LCVs and plant and construction equipment, TRACKER is still leading the way.
• TRACKER with the police has to date recovered over £491 million worth of stolen vehicles and continues to recover on average £1 million worth of stolen vehicles each month.
• With over a million systems installed to date, its award-winning products ensure its customers have complete peace of mind.
• Tantalum Corporation is one of Europe’s top ‘connected vehicle’ companies addressing some 500,000 vehicles.
• Tantalum's products have the capability to analyse real time data from over 270 data points within a vehicle, with patented algorithms. The company has established B2B relationships with fleets, insurers, auto manufacturers, Tier 1 customers and the UK police force.

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