New cars being targeted by thieves using unknown technology
By Mark Atkinson for MSN Autos
The old adage of there never being such a thing as a pick-proof lock is being prooved once again by persistent car-thieves. According to this story from ABC News in California, a couple of people were caught on tape easily breaking into a number of vehicles using some sort of palm-sized gadget to disable the alarms and open the doors.
Police are stumped about what the possible technology could be although apparently the string of thefts stretching as far north as Illinois means it's more than just an isolated incident. The amount of development that goes into anti-theft technology by the automakers is pretty amazing, but nothing is foolproof.
Although some think the devices could be cloned key fobs that were duplicated illegally by dealership employees, that would seem difficult to believe since so many different kinds of vehicles were stolen at the same time. The video shows two Acuras getting nicked, while police say Mazdas and BMWs have also gone, but an older Cadillac and Ford Escape proved immune to the gadget.
One MSN Autos Canada editor believes that's what happened on her street last year when newer vehicles were burglarized while older ones weren't touched at all.
Have you heard about this phenomenon? Know anyone whose vehicle has been mysteriously stolen or burglarized in a similar manner? Let us know in the comments!