How to Steal a Car With a Flat Head Screwdriver

February 17, 2024

Back in the day, it was almost trivially easy for a thief to steal a car by just jamming a screwdriver into the key cylinder and turning it. It is a lot more difficult today because of advanced programmed ignition switches and smart keys with RFID tags. That is one of the main reasons why it is important for car owners to lock their cars and not leave them parked in busy areas overnight.

That said, it is also a good idea for car owners to do what they can to stop thieves from stealing their vehicles in the first place. Experts recommend installing a kill switch that only the owner knows about and paying a professional for a car alarm. But there are other methods that can be used to prevent thieves from stealing your vehicle, and they are often much easier than you would think.

For example, a recent viral YouTube video shows Kias and Hyundais disappearing in greater numbers in some communities. Police say that this trend is largely because of a method shown in the video that allows crooks to start cars without using a key.

To protect your car, you can disable the starter solenoid that is located on the steering column on most modern cars. To do so, simply remove the electrical wires that connect the mechanical and electrical parts of the ignition switch. Then, insert a flat head screwdriver into the keyhole and turn it like you would your car key. This will hotwire the car, allowing it to be started without using the key.

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