Can a push start car be stolen?

I drive a vehicle with push start and keyless entry, and I live in area where car theft is a real possibility. Can a car with push start be stolen?

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Answer provided by
Macy Fouse
Answered on Feb 25, 2022
You’d think newer technology would protect a car from being targeted for theft, but unfortunately, push-start cars can be stolen. Modern cars are getting smarter, but so are car thieves.
For keyless entry cars, thieves use something called a relay attack device to steal push-start vehicles. This device intercepts your key fob’s signal and tricks the vehicle into thinking their device is the proper key fob. These devices can pick up the key fob’s signal from several yards away in some cases.
Any car with keyless entry and keyless start are at risk for this type of theft. Manufacturers are trying to make it more difficult to bypass a car’s computer system, but nothing is a guarantee.
There are a few ways to protect your car, though:
  1. You may be able to turn off your key fob’s wireless signal. Look in your car’s manual or check with your car’s manufacturer to see if this is a possibility.
  2. Keep your key fob away from doors and windows so the signal can’t be picked up from outside.
  3. Use a signal-blocking pouch with a metallic liner to stop the signal from being picked up.
  4. Use mechanical devices like steering wheel locks to deter thieves from driving away.
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