Ford’s heightened security features have been added as standard to the popular Puma and Kuga vehicles. The new fully-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E arriving later this month will also come with the new technology.
In 2019, a new key fob with sleep mode and offering more protection against crime was introduced for the Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus.
Figures from security experts at Retainagroup show how thefts have dramatically decreased with the new fobs.
On average there are just 1.03 thefts per 1,000 vehicles using the new technology.
This was down from the average of 3.06 thefts per 1,000 vehicles recorded with the old fob.
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These are priced between £74 and £94 for Fiesta and Focus owners and will take just under an hour to programme.
Simon Hurr, Ford security specialist said the new scheme would help “protect more owners” of the firm’s “most popular cars”.
He said: “The online availability of devices, which have no place in public hands, has long been a problem for Ford, our industry and crime fighters.
“We are pleased to extend our simple but effective solution, to help protect more owners of our most popular cars.”
He has urged drivers to store their key free fobs as far away as possible from the parked vehicle.
These could also be kept in a suitable metal box or shielded pouch which can be purchased from Ford dealerships.
Motorists have also been warned to check for visual clues their car is double-locked before walking away.
They said a Ford dealer checks a car’s security features every time a vehicle is serviced.