Pirate Radios Can Jam Keyless Or Remote Car Entry Systems

In an interesting news it has been reported that keyless/remote car entry systems can be jammed by using pirate radios. A remote keyless system can include both a remote keyless entry system, which locks and unlocks the doors, and a remote keyless ignition system, which starts the engine.

In a remote keyless entry system when a button is pushed, it sends a coded signal by radio waves to a receiver unit in the car, which locks or unlocks the door. However, pirate radios can block and jam such signals from the remote keyless entry system. The term pirate radio means an illegal or unregulated radio transmission that is punishable in many countries across the world.

The present case pertains to the area coming under the jurisdiction of Hollywood Police Department. The residents of that locality could not use their keyless entry systems to unlock or start their cars whenever they parked their vehicles near the Hollywood Police Department. Once the cars were towed to the dealers, the problem was resolved as the vehicles were well beyond the jamming area.

The police did the preliminary investigation and it discovered an illegal pirate radio station that was jamming the signal from keyless entry systems of several makes of cars. The police believe that the man behind the bootleg operation likely had no idea it would lock people out of their cars. If found, the man could be arrested on felony charges and face a fine of at least $10,000 from the Federal Communications Commission.

An undercover detective and FCC agent found the equipment on Dec. 6 concealed under an air conditioning chiller. Most drivers were forced to read their owner’s manual to learn how to access their manual key.