Hard Off Security join Secured by Design

Hard Off Security are one of the latest companies to join the official police security initiative Secured by Design.

Hard Off Security are a British organisation built out of the need to solve a problem that affects hundreds of thousands of people driving keyless-entry/keyless-start vehicles that are susceptible to ‘relay theft’.  These vehicles are susceptible to the cloning of their key fob’s signals, by scanning for them from over 30 yards away. This is commonly done outside your house at night, by 2 thieves and commonly known as ‘relay hacking’. They are able to silently gain entry to your car and start the engine within seconds without the need to have physical access to the vehicle’s smart keys.  This is where criminals use specialist equipment that has the ability to grab the signal from the car to the smart key, so that it appears to the car that the key is present. Vehicles are most vulnerable overnight, particularly if parked on a driveway or directly outside a home.

Hard Off Security’s smart tamper proof Hard-Off Fob Protector stops cars from being stolen in this way.

A “Hard-Off” solution is at the core of this protection.  No Faraday cages, tin cans or metallic pouches or accidentally microwaving keys, the solution relies on stopping the transmission and reception of signals, not blocking them.  The Hard Off Fob Protector does this by cutting the power to the key fob using a simple ‘unhackable’ power circuit-break or “Hard-Off”.

The Hard-Off Fob Protector

  • Protects Passive Keyless Entry (PKE) vehicles against relay theft
  • Adds value to your car once it is protected
  • Simple to fit by wrapping device around the key fob’s battery
  • Works intuitively by turning the key fob on and off as needed
  • Simple to use and easy to live with because keyless functions remain unchanged
  • No need to do anything different as it works completely automatically
  • Designed and manufactured in the UK to the highest quality standards
  • Money-back guarantee and a 2-year international and transferable warranty

Doug Skins, Secured by Design, said: “It is a pleasure to welcome Hard Off Security as new members of Secured by Design. They are the first company to join Secured by Design with this type of solution to Relay Theft and I am really looking forward to working alongside them over the coming years”.

Mark Churchward, Managing Director of Hard-Off Security Ltd., said, “When my daughter’s car was stolen from her driveway in the early hours, I was infuriated and astonished at how easy ‘relay theft’ was to do. Within days I realised the solution was in some kind of power off arrangement on the Fob and Hard-Off was born. The latest device which has been approved by SBD is the sixth generation and one of which we are very proud.”

Secured by Design (SBD) is owned by the UK Police Service with the specific aim of reducing crime and helping people live more safely.

SBD developed a product based accreditation scheme over 20 years ago – the Police Preferred Specification, which provides a recognised standard for all security products that can deter and reduce crime. SBD work with manufacturers and standards authorities to ensure that security standards are current and updated to keep pace with emerging crime trends.

There are currently many hundreds of companies producing thousands of attack resistant crime prevention products, across over 30 different crime categories, which have achieved Police Preferred Specification.

SBD is the only way for companies to obtain police recognition for security-related products in the UK.


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