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Majority of drivers put off keyless technology over security fears

A survey by stolen vehicle recovery expert TRACKER found that 70% of respondents said they would reconsider purchasing a keyless car in the wake of growing concern over fears to vehicle security.

Andy Barrs, police liaison officer, TRACKER, said: “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%,” he added.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.