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Car code thefts

Discussion in 'Gen III 2010+ Prius Technical Discussion' started by EdIris, Jul 18, 2011.

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  1. EdIris

    EdIris Junior Member

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    Just Read an article in CAr & Driver that said, thievs have a device that can obtain your car codes from 20 feet away. I wonder if this applies to the Prius. I know the car detects the Fob in your purse or pocket and all you have to do is touch the car handle to open it. Is there a code that goes from your car to the fob that can be copied? Also if copied can the same code be used to start the car? I know that the Fob must be in the car in order to start it. Do I need a wheellock bar to keep the car from being Boosted or stolen?
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    There are other threads on this subject. The big question is the Prius smart key code "scanable" or "not scanable" meaning is it a rolling code. Some dealers (including mine) put an additional security module on Prius touting that it is "non scanable".
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  3. David Beale

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    Haven't heard of ANY complaints on this forum of a Prius being stolen.
    Worry if you like.
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    You've missed some threads:
    Toyota's SOS saved/found my stolen V-ATP! (Fob stolen from adjacent vehicle)
    Stolen 2010 Prius Accident (Theft method unknown)
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    A locksmith with the proper equipment can certainly pick the door lock and add a new remote for the car. Anybody with a brick could break a window to get in, but they're not going to start the car.

    As for intercepting the messages between a remote and the car, there has been a demonstration by some security professionals that the non-SKS type remote system could be compromised. So if you've got a PhD, a few thousand dollars worth of exotic lab equipment, and several years to work on it, it could be done.

    The SKS system is more secure than the non-SKS version used on base model Gen2 (2004-2009). It's going to be a few more years before anyone breaks the SKS radio communications.

    If a thief gets your remote, it will work just as well for him as it does for you. So if you lose a remote, it would be prudent to have the lost remote deleted from the car's list of valid ones.
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    mad-dog-one Prius Enthusiast

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    I can see the news story now. "Low speed multistate chase of stolen Prius covers 700 miles. The suspect eluded police for two days using a pulse-and-glide technique that caused pursuers to run out-of-gas and was finally apprehended while stopped for a restroom break."

    As much as I like my Prius, I don't think it will become the preferred target of carjackers and thieves.
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