Without taking your keys how thieves can steal your auto

Police have released the first footage of a high-tech'relay car theft where a gang stole an expensive new car without needing its keys

Police have released the first footage of a high-tech'relay car theft where a gang stole an expensive new car without needing its keys

Released by the West Midlands Police Department on Monday, authorities believe it to be the first footage of thieves attacking a auto using relay boxes, devices that can be programmed to send signals through walls.

The incident happened in the Elmdon area of Solihull, Birmingham at 9pm on September 25.

One of them approaches the front door of the house holding a relay box in his hand, and after waving the box at the front door, the auto unlocked.

"Relay Crime" involves using external devices that pick up and transfer signals, allowing the vehicle to be stolen even though the key was inside the house.

The car's systems are then tricked into thinking the key is present and it unlocks, before the ignition can be started.

Within a minute the luxury car is started reversed off the drive and follows the gang's main car up the road near Solihull Birmingham
Within a minute the luxury car is started reversed off the drive and follows the gang's main car up the road near Solihull Birmingham

Security cameras outside the property in Solihull filmed...

'To protect against this type of theft, owners can use an additional tested and Thatcham-approved steering lock to cover the entire steering wheel, ' said Mark Silvester from the West Midlands Police crime reduction team.

The devices are capable of receiving signals through walls, doors and windows, but not metal and allow thieves to drive off in vehicles without needing to even see the owner's keys. These included cars from BMW, Ford, Audi, Land Rover, Hyundai and VW.

Police advise installing a Thatcham-approved tracking solution to the vehicle and/or a manual steering lock.

Drivers are being warned of a new style of auto theft after what is believed to be the first footage of "relay crime" was captured on CCTV.

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