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Car Hackers Are Able To Steal A $120,000 BMW Simply By Holding A Bag Up To The Front Door

Days after a Mercedes was said to have been taken in a similar way, the £60,000 BMW X5 vanished from its owners’ drive as they slept. The thieves were caught on CCTV using some sort of transmitting device inside the bag which is thought to extend the signal from the car’s keyless fob which was inside the house.

 

The car uses a keyless start system meaning it can be unlocked simply by having the fob close by. Both vehicles were stolen in Essex prompting fears a gang is targeting new ‘keyless’ cars with high resale values. Security expert Ray Anderson, whose firm covers Essex, said it was the fourth such theft he had heard of in the last four months.

 

He warned the only way to protect against it may be to keep key fobs inside a metal box. There has also been advice to keep them in the fridge.

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