AA President Edmund King has revealed his wife’s £50,000 Lexus was stolen from their Hertfordshire home.
The thief intercepted the car key signal and then returned to unlock the car and left, prompting the AA chief to offer some advice to the driver.
The hackers are believed to have obtained key information when King’s wife stood outside with him that morning.
King told the Telegraph: “We believe the burglars broke into the house at 11.45pm and used their computers to unlock the car and get it out without banging the car or anything.
“We didn’t realize it until the next morning when it was probably on its way overseas in a case with a changed number plate.”
As a result, he told the Telegraph that he started putting car keys in Faraday’s box, in a red metal box in the microwave oven behind his house.
And of course he also started using steering wheel locks in cars to further deter thieves.
King wants to warn drivers to take the same actions as thieves gain access to more advanced technology.
Putting your car keys in a Faraday case and then putting them in the microwave will block the key’s signal, so thieves can’t amplify it.
But a simple steering wheel change is still a very effective way of preventing someone from driving a car in the first place.
However, several people commenting on The Telegraph’s Twitter page saw an error in providing this information.
@mollieandarchie said: “He’s good at telling a thief where the key is.”
@DurhamWhines said: “So hackers can’t hack, but robbers know exactly where they are…”
While @armando_cristos said: “I’m sure he is very grateful for the mass dissemination of this important information.”