Organised criminal gangs are increasingly targeting high-end cars with keyless security systems, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
As the popularity of keyless systems has increased, criminals have been buying equipment online that is able to re-programme keys. A statement from Jaguar Land Rover sent to BBC News said that it is taking this issue very seriously, and its engineering teams are actively working in collaboration with insurance bodies and police forces to solve this continuously evolving problem.
It has also been reported that some London-based owners of Range Rovers had been denied insurance over the issue. Thatcham Research, which collates data on behalf of UK car insurance companies, acknowledged the problem was widespread.
“Whilst BMWs and Audis appeared to be the early targets, it’s fair to say that this was largely associated with their desirability across Europe, rather than any specific security lapse.