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One of my key fobs was stolen, along with my wallet. I’d like to replace the fob and change the frequency. How big of a problem is the physical key? It can open the door but not start the car, right? Do people typically re-key their locks in this situation? I realize this is quite a bit more expensive than just getting the new fob. Appreciate any advice.
 

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Anytime you program new keys, it wipes old keys from the car's memory, so the old key won't be able to start and drive the car. A physical key would still be able to open doors, but no one would be able to steal the car with just the mechanical key.

I wouldn't worry to much unless you live in a high crime area, and/or the thief knows where you live or work. There are so many CR-Vs out there that finding the one you happen to have a key to would be impossible, since after you program new keys, the car won't respond to the old remote either. Also, unless they know it belongs to a CR-V, it could theoretically belong to any Honda, of which there are many.

Just be sure to follow the usual anti-theft advice:
Keep your car clean and looking nice so it looks like you look after it.
Close and lock all doors and windows whenever leaving the car.
Try to park in a place where you have to reverse to drive away, or inside a locked garage, if possible.
Keep all valuable/stealable items hidden out of sight, or not in the car at all.
 
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