America - its all a bit odd...

If your car keys have any sort of electronics in them don't hang them near the door. Car thieves use relay boxes to boost the signals to either break into your car or to drive away with it. Press reports of exactly how this works are vague, but it's a common problem. Car companies are avoiding talking about it as they don't want to admit liability.

The thieves work in pairs. One stands next to the car with one relay box, and the other waves another relay box around the front door or window to pick up the signal from the key. They open the car electronically and can in many cases drive it away.

I've seen varying recommendations on how to deal with this, ranging from just keeping the car keys in a spot near the centre of the house, to keeping them in a metal box (e.g. a metal tea tin or something like that). Generally though, the thieves are looking for people who hang their keys by the front door.

Electronic security in cars is pretty poor, and even the cars with supposedly the best systems are getting hacked and stolen all the time.
Thank you. Would the garage doors act to block any signal? As the front door is seldom used, as this is the exit to the garage.
 
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Thank you. Would the garage doors act to block any signal? As the front door is seldom used, as this is the exit to the garage?
I can't really answer that, as I don't know enough about what the capabilities of the relay boxes are or the layout of your house.

Here's one example, but don't take this as showing the limitations of the technology.

 
I can't really answer that, as I don't know enough about what the capabilities of the relay boxes are or the layout of your house.

Here's one example, but don't take this as showing the limitations of the technology.

Makes me very happy we have a three car garage, and physical barrier to keep people away from the vehicles.
 

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We have mountain lions that wander into town. They can be a nuisance for city dwellers.


This guy was found by the VA, and that is not the outskirts of the city or the built up part of the county.
Very interesting but I tagged you to note that I was agreeing with one of your countrymen and that we don't hate you all.

PS: Home-made masks are no good. A piece of an old tee-shirt doesn't have the correct filtration and won't fit as snugly as a medical mask. Tight-arse...
 
cows kill far more people in England than mountain lions in California, 74 people killed by cows in the last 15 years. I live in the country, but never feel the need to bring a gun to defend myself from these horned killing machines.
I get the impression Americans have a national trait of overating threats to the detriment of the enjoyment of their lives.
 
Very interesting but I tagged you to note that I was agreeing with one of your countrymen and that we don't hate you all.

PS: Home-made masks are no good. A piece of an old tee-shirt doesn't have the correct filtration and won't fit as snugly as a medical mask. Tight-arse...
It’s all a bit redundant, as the first wave managed to hit everybody before the lockdown occurred. Trying to find any ppe a few months ago was nigh impossible, and we were never issued any by the State. We were on our own, and had to make do.
 
It’s all a bit redundant, as the first wave managed to hit everybody before the lockdown occurred. Trying to find any ppe a few months ago was nigh impossible, and we were never issued any by the State. We were on our own, and had to make do.
Issued by the State?

That sounds very socialist.
what happened to the All American cry of ’Personal responsibility’?
 
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We have mountain lions that wander into town. They can be a nuisance for city dwellers.


This guy was found by the VA, and that is not the outskirts of the city or the built up part of the county.
Have you ever run into a bear while texting and walking down your driveway?

 
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I get the impression Americans have a national trait of overating threats to the detriment of the enjoyment of their lives.
I enjoy my life quite well, thank you. I've more chance of being in a car accident than in being in a gunfight, but I very much like driving.

I'm really not sure this is getting across to you guys. It's not a case of "I'm afraid of something, so I must have this", it's just "One more thing which is worn when I go out the door, with my mobile 'phone, wallet, car keys, and multi-tool." We think no more about it than our raincoat, except we have to keep an eye out of certain "No guns allowed here" signs.
 
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