Shocking moment three masked thieves stole a £60,000 keyless car from a driveway - in just 40 seconds
This is the brazen moment a trio of masked thieves stole a £60,000 keyless car from a driveway – in just 40 seconds.
CCTV footage shows one thief unlocking the doors to a Range Rover Sport on a driveway by simply standing next to the front door nearby.
It is thought he was carrying an amplifier – which can be bought online for just £80 – which picked up the signal from the keys inside, and tricked the car into opening.
Two accomplices can be seen waiting – before they all jump in and drive off.
The entire theft took just 40 seconds, and even through the car alarm went off, it was too late for the sleeping family to stop the gang.
Shockingly, the victims claim the theft happened despite the family keeping the keys in a metal-lined pouch – specifically designed to stop thieves using the 'relay technique'.
Police are investigating the theft which took place in Harborne, Birmingham in the early hours of January 29.
Amplifiers work by capturing signals emitted by certain keys so thieves can then drive the vehicle away and later replace the locks.
The devices can be purchased for as little as £80 each, according to experts.
The victim said: 'It is clear that this type of crime is becoming the norm and accepted by society.
'People need to know they can't get away with this sort of stuff.'
David Jamieson, the police and crime commissioner for West Midlands Police, said: 'Thefts involving electronic devices are on the up and it's clear that manufacturers could do more to make their vehicles secure.'
- This article first appeared on Yahoo