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We have a mobile key guy that we use at work to cut and program nee key fobs for the fleet of promaster vans we have. Those vans still use the fob with the flip out Lazer cut key like the Mercedes used to use. The guy van literally cut the keys and program the fobs in just minutes while sitting in his own vehicle. The guy is a very nice guy and we trust him with everything but it's quite scary that he can do it so quickly. The equipment and programs he uses isn't cheap either. After seeing g the video I posted a ordered a Faraday case to keep my fobs in when I'm home because I think the fobs may still be in range of the truckI keep my fob's in a faraday box. The hard part is getting my wife to put hers in it. Her Edge isn't on the top stolen car list but it does have passive entry so it's easier to get into it than mine is without it.
I still feel Ram isn't doing enough to prevent theft. It doesn't take much to add a pin or a way for us to verify that a new fob being programmed is authorized by us.
I just had a new fob programmed a couple of weeks ago. I bought an OEM refurbished one with the tailgate release on it because my fob's didn't have that button but the truck had the option. It only took the locksmith a few minutes to program the new fob. It was scary fast but he did say that on the '22's you don't use the OBD2 port to program them anymore. There's someplace else to plug into. But regardless it still only took him a few minutes and he was done.
I don't live in a bad area but I still might put a kill switch in it.
Its getting to the point were your going to have to carry a rfi scanner in your pocket and scan your car after coming out of a shopping center, thieves are sticking small GPS trackers in certain parts of the car making it a beacon for them to find easily, in many cases they use Apple air tags, do a online search for Air Tags used for car theft, I live in a subdivision with large properties out in the county, there are street lamps but wide apart, this would make me a perfect target, so you really have to add on layers of protection, having good neighbors is a plus, especially when they own a front end loader with backhoe.Just like your home…. If someone really wants to get in, they will. Granted, they may need to be carried out
The key is to make it less accessible to do so, which means having them move onto someone else’s.
Alarms, kill switches, immobilizes etc are all great. As is parking in a well lite area