I recently learned from a disturbing NBC News report that thieves are using new high-tech devices like electronic key fobs and code duplicators to break into cars without leaving a trace. Theses devices are easily obtainable and cheap. The disturbing pattern is obviously upsetting car owners, insurance companies and police departments across the country.
The thefts have happened in places from California to England. As noted in the report, “The National Insurance Crime Bureau issued a warning about the advanced technology car thefts. One of the devices mentioned in the warning is an electromagnetic pulse device, which sends a shockwave to a car’s circuitry that unlocks the doors. Another device the thieves use is a code grabber, which unlocks cars by locating and duplicating their remote key cords—allowing someone to get into a vehicle by essentially cloning the key.”
In the news segment, you see security camera footage from Saulsalito, California, of a thief using one of these devices to unlock a car door to take a laptop bag and a $15,000 bicycle. Car alarms don’t go off in this type of theft, so security experts recommend placing your keys inside a RFID signal-blocking bag that blocks the signal from connecting with your fob.
The good news is that thieves are mostly just stealing items from the car instead of the vehicle itself.
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