Our son’s car was broken into on Christmas Day. Yes, Christmas Day. (N 47th St & Midvale Ave N) All his stuff was taken out of the glove box, center console, door pockets, etc. and strewn throughout the vehicle. But the only thing missing was an $80 Amazon gift card that he was giving as a gift, hidden in one of the car’s many pockets. We concluded that we hoped the thief was just a desperate parent who needed a gift for their child. If not, then phhhht! to you, neighborhood thief.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Here is a not so clear choppy video of the culprit who may have broken into your car like he did mine on Christmas evening. I’m on 50th between Stone and Midvale across from the tennis courts.
Take care and be safe out there!
The worst part was that I had a giant box of cereal bars in the back, but did they take that? Of course not. These thieves clearly aren’t trying to get money for food, just plain old criminals. I’m going to call car toys tomorrow and see whether they have any devices to stop these fob copiers. Will report back!
Thanks, Jay and bagley, good info. In the vid, it definitely looks like the guy is pointing a key fob at each vehicle, then rifling through contents of the one car that he was able to unlock. This means every car is vulnerable, yes? The good news is that we won’t have to deal with broken glass or mangled door locks. The bad news is that locking our car doors won’t deter this guy. (Except for our very manual old Chevy, which has no fob tech at all.)
YES, bagley, please keep us all posted on your anti-fob-copying research.
The only question I have about the use of a FOB is that in the video, you can clearly see that the parking lights do not come on as they do when the alarm is activated or deactivated. I believe in my case, I forgot to lock the car as I was distracted carrying items into the house.
Ok here is what I found out about the fob situation. So the thieves have a device that locates your fob if it is within a mile distance. And if you used your fob to lock the car, it finds the fob and traces the code and matches it. They are then able to open the car with their machine, just as if you were opening it with your own fob which doesn’t activate the alarm. Some people have theories that you can put a fob in the freezer or in a metal box to prevent hacking. (Note freezing can ruin lithium battery). Others say if you don’t use your fob to lock and unlock the door (but lock the car from the inside) the hackers can’t find the matching fob as the fob wasn’t used to lock the car. Finally the other idea is that you disable your fob altogether and use the old fashioned key method. I’m not sure which one is the correct method, there are conflicting reports as to how well these methods work online. It doesn’t seem like any anti coder exists at the moment. 🙁
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