Theft of keyless Ford Fiestas soar as crooks use electronic devices from eBay to break in
Britain's best-selling car – the Ford Fiesta – is being targeted by thieves who can override the keyless entry system using a £260 device available on eBay.
Cleveland Police said that it's had 90 reports of keyless vehicle theft since December – with half of them being Fiestas. It said each car was stolen using technology that bypasses keyless entry systems, meaning thieves don't need to steal keys from homes or smash windows to gain access.
These devices are, quite worryingly, freely available to purchase on the internet for as little as £260. They work by gathering the signal from a keyless entry fob and extending it, allowing the car to unlock and start.