This CCTV footage shows a thief breaking into a new Range Rover and driving away with it in less than 30 seconds. The video was captured on a home CCTV camera in the north London area of Woodfood Green at 3.20am on Sunday morning.
Gone are the days of using a crow bar and coat hanger, this thief manages to get into the vehicle without using any brute force at all.
The technique used is a form of hacking whereby wanna-be car thieves can get into a vehicle without using the owners keys.
Thieves use simple devices available online to bypass or hack into the cars’ computer systems.
Last year more than 6,000 cars and vans were stolen in London alone using the technique – that is around 17 each day – accounting for 42% of all vehicle thefts.
How to protect your keyless vehicle:
- Park your vehicle in an open, well-lit and secure area where possible. Always park it in a garage, if you have one, or in view of CCTV cameras.
- Ensure that all windows, the sunroof and boot are shut and locked when leaving your vehicle unattended, no matter how briefly.
- Clean all camera lenses and housing glasses.
- Check all lens field of views and adjustments if required.
- Fit an alarm or immobiliser.
- Use a steering wheel lock and/or gearstick lock.
- Consider having an on-board diagnostics (OBD) lock fitted.
- Consider fitting a tracker, so that if your car is stolen, you have more chance of finding it.
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