Car Keys - Avoiding Keyless Theft

Technology within the automotive industry has come a long way, it wasn’t so long ago that seatbelts in the rear seats were a luxury! But it seems that nowadays every make and model of vehicle benefits from an array of useful gadgets to make our daily commutes and even the dreaded school run almost pleasurable. For example, heated seats, quick clear windscreens, Bluetooth connectivity, cup holders galore and even keyless entry and keyless start.

We have all been there, holding the baby or a bag of shopping whilst struggling to get the keys out your pocket to unlock the car. Keyless entry means that by simply approaching the vehicle the doors will unlock, in some cases the engine can even be started remotely. Whilst this clearly has its benefits in our day to day lives, this convenience can come at a cost; the signal from a keyless fob can easily be intercepted by savvy criminals with the right equipment.

Each key fob is specifically programmed to the vehicle in order to open the car. Without getting too technical, a car key remote uses a chip that creates a unique code, your car has the same sort of chip that also generates a code, when the codes match then the car opens.

The recent advancements in “always on” key fobs facilitating keyless entry, opens up a whole new vulnerability in vehicle security. The way keyless entry works is that as long as your car keys are within range, anyone can walk up to your car and open the door, that’s why newer vehicles won’t communicate with the fob until you are about a foot away. Criminals are now able to get hold of a signal amplifier that can pick up signals generated by car keys from up to 300 feet away and then transmit them to your car. Basically, this means that even if your keys are safe or securely locked in your house, these criminals can still walk straight up to your car, open it, and simply drive away.

A quick search on you tube and you can see how common this type of theft is.

This type of signal amplifying isn’t unique to car keys, anything with an RFID chip can be manipulated in the same way, bank cards, oyster cards etc.

One quick and relatively cost-effective solution is to invest in an RFID blocking pouch or wallet.


Simply place your key fob into the convenient pouch and the signal is blocked, you can test this by pressing the buttons through the pouch and the car will not unlock. An example of these pouches can be found on our website. This a very simple and cost-effective solution to a problem which is fast becoming more and more common place.


Christmas Opening Times 2017

We will close for the Christmas festivities on Friday the 22nd of December 2017 at 1pm and re-open at 9am on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

On behalf of everyone at Fast Key Services we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.


Mission Acomplished

Fast Key Services have been raising awareness of the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the outstanding work that they do for people affected by this disease.

Following our commitment to give 20p for every key sold last week, we have donated a total of £2756.60 to this worthy cause.

More information about the MNDA and the work they do can be found HERE.


20p For every key sold is being donated to the MNDA

For the week commencing 2nd October 2017 Fast Key Services will be supporting the Motor Neurone Disease Association by donating 20p for every key sold.

For those of you that are not familiar with the MNDA, the MNDA funds and promotes global research into Motor Neurone Disease and provides support for people affected by the disease, their families and friends.  The MNDA rely almost entirely on voluntary donations. Anyone who has worked with MNDA knows that they are truly a wonderful organisation.

More information about the MNDA and the work they do can be found HERE.


You Send It, We Fix It!

Are you suffering from a faulty or broken car key remote?

There are many different things that can go wrong with your car key remote, maybe the doors will not unlock, parts have come away from the circuit board and are loose inside the casing, the rubber buttons have worn away or the key blade itself is worn or even snapped.

The idea of visiting the main dealer can be a daunting prospect, especially when we consider that the price for a brand-new remote can be anything from £150 +.

Our experienced Locksmiths provide a car key repair service, which enables us to replace the blade, remote casing, micro switches and rubber buttons. This is a much cheaper alternative than getting a brand new key cut and remote programmed and ensures your keys are as good as new. Simply send your key fob to us via recorded mail and be sure to include a FULL return address, your name and a contact number and we will carry out a FREE Fault Diagnosis Service.

Fault Diagnostic Repair Service

Our Fault diagnostic repair service is free. Once we have determined what is at fault with your remote we will contact you to discuss your requirements and a price for carrying out the repair. If we are unable to repair the remote, or you do not wish to proceed with a repair, then the remote will be sent back to you free of charge

Services included in a full repair may include:

· Replacement cases
· Replacement buttons
· Re-solder or replace micro switches
· Replace circuit boards
· Transponders
· Repair broken tracks
· Supply and install new batteries
· Repair battery terminals

We have a very high success rate with all our repairs and if we are unable to repair your remote, or you do not wish to proceed with a repair, then we will return it to you free of charge.

Our highly experienced Locksmiths are more than happy to discuss your requirements in further detail by phone or e-mail.

Fast Key Services Ltd

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Unit 4 Pilot Close
Fulmar Way
SS11 8YW

01268 562592


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Unit 3 Pilot Close, Fulmar Way
SS11 8YW
United Kingdom

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