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Does Your Car Key Fob Open Your Car Windows

Alert message sent 11/01/2019 17:51:00

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You may not realise it, but with many makes of car it is possible to open the windows remotely using the key fob. This can be useful on a hot day when you can let the car cool down before getting in - but there is also a danger associated with this feature!

Earlier this week, officers patrolling one of our villages came across a car parked on the roadside with its windows half-open. As the boot lid was also open, leaving expensive items inside exposed, the officers looked up the car's registered owner and confirmed that it was parked outside the owner's house. Knocking in the door, they asked the owner if he realised that the car had been left insecure - he was astonished and appalled. He remembered inadvertently leaving the boot lid open, but had no idea how the windows came to be open - but was grateful to the officers for pointing it out.

The truth is that the key-fobs for many makes of car have a feature that allows the windows to be remotely opened - and many owners are unaware of this. It is usually activated by pressing the 'lock' button once, releasing it, then pressing and holding it down again. I know from personal experience that this can easily be activated inadvertently, and as a result your car windows can be left wound down without you realising it.

If you search the Internet you will find many descriptions of how people have been flabbergasted to discover this 'feature' - it can leave your car insecure and susceptible to thieves. It is worth experimenting with your car and key-fob to see if you have this vulnerability, or read the appropriate section in your handbook, or contact your dealer. At the very least, it may save your car interior from getting soaked on a wet day!

Best wishes,

Chris Shaw, PSV

St Ives Police Station
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Chris Shaw (Police, PSV - Online Communities, Huntingdonshire - St Ives)

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