This is an important security warning for anyone using external key devices attached to their vehicles whilst surfing.
- This is not intended as an attack on Extreme horizons or distributors of the Keypod product -
Last weekend we had our company van stolen from a car park in Porthcawl in Wales whilst surfing at the point. We had our keys in a keypod attached to a secure towing eye on the van but unfortunately this was not enough of a deterrent and the van has not yet been recovered by police.
Since the theft, we have found that insurance companies will not pay out for claims if the keys have been left in or around the vehicle regardless of how well designed the security device is found to be, as it happens we were very impressed by the keypod design, unfortunately this has no bearing with the insurance claim.
We have been made aware that this kind of crime is on the increase and surfers are seen as major targets by car criminals because we tend to have a lot of belongings inside our vehicles whilst we surf. It is also clear that the criminals who are targeting us have a very good idea of our routines and also the devices we use to help protect ourselves. It is conceivable that criminals who are able to access these external devices are now targeting them for theft.
This has been a very costly mistake for us and I am writing this purely in the hope that we can prevent it from happening to anyone else.
So beware - your Insurance may be invalid if you are using this type of key storage while out surfing. Some obviously are and are recommending these products.
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