Car broke up with Keyless entry

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  1. Lizzie 2011

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    Sorry but I am so MAD today. Someone broked into my locked Prius last night. I know for sure it was locked.

    I believe they broke in through the remote keyless entry and when they tried to go to the back door, the car chirped (woke us up). I found the car lights on and the back door slightly a jar but locked.

    The problem is a park on my driveway (no functioning garage) and I am sure they will be back. :mad::mad::mad:

    Any suggestions about how to protect my car.

    FYI - I don't keep much in the car except I FORGOT to bring in my nano!!! ARGGGGHHHHH
     
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    That seems so strange, considering almost all of the remote keyless entry systems use a rotating 'key' to prevent recording the signal and playing it back to open the door. Of course, I am not an expert, and if indeed it DOESN'T implement this kind of protection, then Toyota needs to address this AT ONCE!
     
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    Are all your key fobs accounted for? Maybe they broke into your home and swiped a fob.
     
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    Did you hear one or two chirps?
     
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    Why am I leery of a first time post with an ill defined problem and little information?
     
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    Actually, the standard keyless entry code is "scannable". Many dealers now put a KARR alarm system in the Prius which incorporates "rolling codes" - much like most garage door openers which are not scannable. There is still a lot of controversy about these add-on systems as they are very expensive. But the KARR system does have a motion/glass-shatter sensor and will also disable the fuel line if the system is not properly disabled.

    Nothing can stop a "smash and grab" so never leave stuff that is valuable or enticing visible in your car.
     
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    Sorry to hear this. About a year back we had our cars broken into - they grabbed the portable GPS's and a few $'s. We were lucky as we just had the cheapest Tom-Tom units - our neighbor was hit as well and he had a very expensive GPS swiped. For all of us the cars were likely unlocked. The cops said that this is pretty common and that different neighborhoods would get hit every so often.

    The cop's suggestion - lock the cars and also lights. He said that just about all of the cars broken into in the past few years were likely left open - we are in a suburban town with low crime, good schools, etc - just the sort of place that someone like me could become a bit complacent about locking the car. We had a switched fixture that was right where we parked. I got a compact florescent bulb with a light sensor built in and a switch cover so it would remain in the on position from Home Depot for under $10.

    Good luck. My guess is that the thief is probably on to greener fields - he or she will figure that you will know better than to leave your new ipod in the car in the future.

     
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    This one is simple !!!!!!!

    Lock your car......don't leave anything in it. Anything !!!!! If you have a GPS..take the mount down....don't leave it on the windshield...they will assume that the GPS is in the glovebox or center console, most times they are right.

    Pot heads only break into cars that have something visible..if there's nothing there......they pass it by.
     
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    don't even mount it on the windshield, it leaves a telltale mark on the glass and thieves figure it's probably in the car. get the beanbag.
     
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    I haven't had any problems with break-ins since I started leaving a few used targets from the shooting range laying on the back seat.....

    Keith
     
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    Motion sensor light will scare most of 'em off. Also, just installed a Prestige APS-25C alarm on my Sons new Nissan Sentra. If somone even bumps the car we're gonna know about it.

    Craig
     
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    How about a sticker that says, insured with Smith & Wesson,
    :D

    No matter what you do, sometimes they will hit you.
     
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    He lives in NYS.
    No range targets or S&W stickers are allowed in that state. They're considered to be 'destructive devices' by the BATF. :D

    OK...maybe not.

    Presuming your car was broken into and not left unlocked (don't ger mad! I'm just mentioning that as a possibility...) they got your Nano cause they saw it.
    Easy 10 bucks.

    As has been stated earlier, if you leave something in your car, you vastly increase the probability that it's going to get broken into. Period.
    Car alarms are OK I guess, but IMHO leaving my car (truck) empty is cheaper.
    Make out a police report. Sometimes this will help LEOs track down the miscrients. Make sure you know where BOTH fobs are. I hate to break it to you, but it might have been an 'inside' job, just something else to look at.
    Fob spoofing isn't exactly rocket science, but it does speak to a level of sophistication that your usual ODC doesn't bother with, (bricks are cheaper.)

    Good Luck.


    Welcome Aboard!!!!
    I hope that the next time you post you have something better going on in your world than a stolen i-thingy.
     
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    Several of my vehicles are hatch-backs like the Prius. Frequently I have a lot of valuable stuff in the back (computer equipment, etc.) However I throw a dirty old blanket over the stuff. People normally won't go out of their way to steal things that they don't see. Just a suggestion.....

    Keith
     
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    I always use the tonneau cover over a hatch. Why advertise what you've got back there? I like it to look nice 'n neat so I want the hatch covered. The one on my Saab was sheer perfection cause it raised up automatically when the hatch opened, so it was more like a trunk in that way.

    And ditto for anything inside the car. Tuck it away and out of sight and always lock the car even if you just step away for a few minutes.

    I keep my canvas grocery shopping bags in the hatch area and a few other items. The cover keeps it all out of sight.

    And yep, never leave anything in a car you aren't willing to have stolen, cause someone somewhere will be enticed.
     
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    If they want to steal your car or break into it real bad...they will. Hide everything out of site and never leave your GPS units in the car!
     
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    Personally I use a portable cooler with a large Bio Hazzard sticker on it...

    To the OP? I'm just confused as to what happened. Evidently someone broke in? But you are sure the vehicle was locked?

    I'm confused by the sentence "I believe they tried to break in through the remote keyless entry"...

    Do you mean "using a remote keyless entry"? So when you approached the vehicle it was locked? Or unlocked?

    If you can account for both your remotes then my understanding is the scenario you describe cannot happen. How close to the vehicle do you keep your fobs when not in use?
     
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