Thieves Are Using “Mystery Gadgets” To Electronically Unlock Cars And Steal What Is Inside

Michael Snyder

All over The United States, felons are using improvised technology to electronically open up vehicles and steal whatever they discover within.  These “mystery gadgets” allegedly recreate the same signals that the key fobs that so many of us hold around send out.  As you will see below, video is taking up nationwide of thieves using these “mystery gadgets” to remotely open up car doors and turn off security systems.  Once a car has been unlocked, it takes these thieves just a few minutes to take what they want before leaving without a track.  This is now occurring all over the country, and authorities do not know any way to avoid it from happening.  For now, the most common piece of advice that cops are providing to people is to not leave any valuable items within your vehicle at all.

Thieves Are Using “Mystery Gadgets” To Electronically Unlock Cars And Steal What Is Inside

When reports of this sort of crime first came out, even car manufacturers were totally stumped.  Nobody could figure out how this was happening, and CNN startled a lot of people when they started reporting on this.  The following is an excerpt from one of those reports

Police across the country are stumped by a rash of car thefts. In surveillance video of the thefts, criminals appear to open locked cars with a mysterious handheld device.

Nobody, not even the car manufacturers, knows how it works.

In Long Beach, Calif. The man walked up to the car, and used a small box to open it. Right next to him another man, also using a box, opens that car.

The problem is they’re thieves without keys. Now they’ve swiped all valuables from the cars.

In Chicago, it was the exact same scenario. A man by a sedan unlocked it without a key. The alarm was disabled by some mystery device.

Video of the entire CNN report is posted below…

Did you know that this was happening?

I certainly didn’t.

But it has apparently been going on all over the country.

For example, similar reports of “high-tech wireless thievery” have also been reported in New Jersey

Police in Galloway Township, New Jersey are looking for the thieves who’ve been breaking into cars.

It’s happened about 30 times throughout the township, and this isn’t a matter of a bandit busting a window. This is high-tech wireless thievery.

In those cases, police believe that a device similar to the ones that CNN was describing was being used…

“These thieves are using some sort of RF [radio frequency] device, which is sending an electronic signal toward the vehicles, unlocking the vehicle and disabling the alarm as well, allowing the thieves to enter the vehicle and remove valuables without being detected,” said Detective Ryan Goehringer.

And check out what happened up in Canada just a few days ago

Vicky Mackie and her friend are both certain she locked the doors of her 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan before going to a friend’s apartment.

“She confirmed that she heard me lock my door; we actually heard the alarm beep to confirm that,” said the Vancouver woman.

They were only gone for a couple of hours, but when they returned Mackie discovered that her car had been broken into – her phone and sunglasses missing, the papers in the front glove compartment scattered on the floor – in spite of there being no signs of forced entry.

Once again, police believe that a high tech “gadget” was involved.  In fact, there are some that believe that one of these gadgets can be purchased online for as little as 5 dollars

All indications point to a new device in the growing high-tech arsenal of car thieves, one that mimics a car’s keyless entry system, illegally unlocking any door with the push of a button. The gadget can reportedly be purchased online for as little as $5.

And this could only just be the beginning of a major high tech crime wave.

Thanks to all of the “technology” that is in our vehicles these days, they are potentially more vulnerable to hackers than ever.

According to ABC News, researchers have found that hacking into onboard computers and remotely controlling vehicle behavior is not that hard to do…

The possibility of this even stranger and more dangerous crime is lurking on the horizon. Most modern cars use computers to control everything from engine compression to cruise control, airbags and brakes. Those computers communicate with each other on open networks. Using an $80,000 grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), two researchers recently hacked the onboard computers of a Toyota Prius and a Ford Escape SUV.

They made the Prius accelerate and brake, as well as jerk the wheel while traveling at high speeds. They managed to turn the Ford’s steering wheel at low speeds and disable the brakes, which caused researcher Charlie Miller to drive the SUV into his garage and totally destroy his own lawnmower. This is the stuff of nightmares.

So could this kind of hacking have been involved in some of the very unusual “car accidents” that we have seen in recent years?

I am just asking the question.

Most people assume that all of this high technology that surrounds us these days is making us a lot safer.

But that is not really the case at all.

As technology advances, so do the criminals.  And if we are not aware of our vulnerabilities, we potentially become easy prey for those that would like to take advantage of us.

Have you heard of these kinds of crimes happening in your own neck of the woods?

3 Responses

  1. levi says:

    With this kind of development we will probably see police cars disabled electronically in the next wave of crime. We don’t need more technology we need honesty between people. The government teaches us all to be criminals so they can exploit our weaknesses and then we just get more and more chaos. This is our first hand experience of what communism does to a nation and a people. Russia we could see from afar when it collapsed and they were a hardy people. We won’t recover and the killing fields of Stalinist Russia, Communist China, Pol Pot Cambodia are what is intended for here. Communism comes in on a wave of murder or goes out on a wave of murder. There is no other outcome. The one wild card in the deck is national repentance like happened at ancient Ninevah. People do not know what to change to, and the church’s are corrupted and helping kill this nation. “Come out of her my people” seems to be the only way to get away from this mass insanity. We are so indoctrinated in communism the idea of change is an impossibility, “What would you change too?”. Well when all else fails read the instructions. Honest money is first, private property, self responsibility, liberty. Criminality is official policy and instruction in public incarcerations centers of “schools”, no morals are allowed but every destructive idea and act is taught and academics are withheld. These crimes are not committed by old people on the streets, so there is a clear connection between these criminals and where they got their antisocial teachings. All are products of public education.

  2. aj weishar says:

    Anyone who works in IT is probably aware of the poor security in newer vehicles. Once they replaced manual locks and ignitions with computerized hardware, the hackers went to work. They can’t protect government sites, banks, and credit cards. Do you really think vehicles wouldn’t be hacked? Once the ignition security is hacked, and it will be, theft rings won’t have drivers to haul away all the vehicles.
    One of the devices used to unlock doors uses a hard drive magnet. When hackers ever learn to create a low level electromagnetic pulse (EMP), all of our electronic security will be worthless.

  3. Neville A Meyer says:

    Here in South Africa theives are using gate remotes to block the signal from the remote for the car. This only works with some cars. Some of the newer ones overide or on a different frequency from the gate rmotes. I have done an experiment at our offices using 2 differnet gate remote controllers. The cars were a very old 3 series BMW, (be careful) VW Polo bluemation not affected, 3 year old renault affected, cannot remember the modle. Make sure that the car is locked

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