Bluetooth Scanning and Car Break-Ins: How to Protect Your Vehicle

October 14, 2022 2 min read

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With the rise in popularity of Bluetooth-enabled devices, thieves only need a Bluetooth detector to locate the valuable electronics hidden in your vehicle.

We've all been guilty of leaving our Bluetooth-enabled laptops, iPads, cell phones, or even Bluetooth fitness trackers in our cars while we make a quick trip to the store. And thieves only require a few minutes to smash out a window and run off with your valuables.

As much as we value the cordless convenience Bluetooth devices offer, car thieves know that Bluetooth signals can make us easy targets for theft. It's important to understand how to keep your possessions safe and defend yourself against criminals using BLE scanners.

What Is A BLE Finder?

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) scanner apps such as the  Bluetooth BLE Device Finder allow us to locate lost Bluetooth devices within a detectable range quickly. One advantage of using BLE scanners is that we can find missing electronics before the battery level gets too low. Easy-to-lose items such as Apple pens, AirPods, and smartphones can all be found with Bluetooth radar.

As handy as a Bluetooth scanner app can be when trying to find lost electronics, this same technology in the hands of the wrong person can leave us vulnerable to burglary.

Can Thieves Find Hidden Bluetooth Devices?

Absolutely.BLE scanners can detect Bluetooth signal strength through your trunk, backpack, glove compartment, or under the seat of your car. So before you decide to stash your Bluetooth headphones, speakers, or other electronics in your vehicle, know that Bluetooth smart scanners can still sniff out your possessions.

3 Easy Tips to Protect Your Car From Hackers

It's essential to know how to keep your Bluetooth smart devices safe. Here are a few things you can do to ensure that your car (and everything in it) is as protected as possible.

1) Never leave valuables in your car unattended.

This tip applies to purses, wallets, cell phones, laptops, and more. If you need to leave something valuable in the car, make sure it's hidden from sight or locked away somewhere where thieves won't be able to get their hands on it.

2) Take expensive electronics with you.

Keep your electronic devices in a secure carrier such as the  Faraday Laptop Sleeve or Faraday Dry Backpack whenever possible. Not only will thieves be unable to use an app to find valuables in your car, but they won't be able to detect them in your signal-blocking Faraday gear, either.

3) Turn off the Bluetooth.

We realize there are times when you can't take your valuables with you (such as when  stopping for a surf sesh on your way home from work). In that case, hide your electronics as well as possible, but not until AFTER you've disabled Bluetooth capabilities and powered down all devices.

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Is Your Car Vulnerable to Hackers?

As technology continues to evolve and modern-day  car thieves become increasingly creative, it's crucial to stay a step ahead of their game. Here at SLNT, we've made it our mission to protect your privacy, security, and health with a patented line of Faraday sleeves, bags, cases, and wallets.

The next time you need to leave high-tech property in your vehicle, outsmart the bad guys by being prepared.

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