Just an FYI, related to stolen vehicles, and key fobs
Talk about great timing. Yesterday we bought my wife our first vehicle new enough to have a keyless FOB. Although her purse is supposedly RFID protected, she is buying two of these pouches right now. There are other ways I would prefer to deal with thieves, but in most places, they would be legally frowned upon.
Our Honda Element had its catalytic converter stolen twice this year. For various reasons, it was parked on the street. We now park it inside a fence. My Honda Fit so far as escaped vandalism but it's much lower to the ground.
The whole area around here was getting hit. California--almost no garages or usable attics (in my area) so overflow is in the garage and many families have too many cars for the garage.
Someone even had one stolen in a grocery store parking lot. There has been two or three arrests, thankfully.
A serious misstatement in this video is that the RKE fob is "always" transmitting its signal. That would kill the fob battery in a matter of days. Rather it's intermittently "listening" for the car's unique interrogation transmission which uses very little fob battery and then "wakes up" to transmit the proper response.
In most new cars you can reversibly "dumb down" an RKE fob with a sequence of keypresses so it doesn't respond to a ping from the car transmitter unless you actually press a fob key, or do the same through your car screen settings page. Honda(?) actually had a button on the steering column you could press to shut down your key fob and force you to use a physical key next time you unlock your car. It's worth your time to read your new car manual to understand your options.
This video is alarmist. Yes, thieves can stealthily use the retransmit dodge to drive your car away if your RKE fob is active, but it's no more likely than a simple flatbed steal where they drag your car onto a truck. I know folks who suffered daylight CAT thefts in public parking lots where a thief pulled up and SawsAlled the CAT using an inverter in less than a minute as shown on surveillance cameras.
So what's the solution? Own old ugly cars that are in tip-top shape mechanically but do not attract thieves.
We don’t have a catalytic converter theft problem in Florida, they just steal the whole vehicle. 😎