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Beware High-tech Thievery!

Published on 2012-07-04

Driving home from work recently, a friend of mine remembered that he had run out of beer at home. So he stopped at a bottle store which was conveniently situated on his way home.


He parked outside the front door, armed the immobiliser, and walked into the shop.


He emerged about a minute and a half later with his six pack to find the passenger door of his car open and his Apple Mac gone.


He raised the alarm but it was too late. The police then filled him in.


This is apparently the latest scam that is spreading like wildfire. Thieves obtain a transmitter, rather like the remote you use to immobilise your car, and when a target parks and then tries to immobilise their vehicle, they activate their device which effectively blocks your signal.


You go into the shop, office, home or whatever and they approach your vehicle which is unlocked. So without causing any damage, or raising the alarm, they open the doors and help themselves.


My friend was hopping mad. Even more than the value of the Apple Mac, he had lost all the data on it. And that can be a major problem.


Co-incidentally I then saw some CCTV footage that was shot of exactly the same kind of incident taking place. It was all over in under a minute, and the thief sauntered off with the spoils.


I then went to the Crime Stats website to gauge their take on the issue. Here I was fascinated to learn that it appears to be standard remotes being used, just set for the immobiliser frequency.


What to do? Apparently the best solution is really simple. Once you have engaged your immobiliser, physically check the door handles to see the car is locked. Simple but effective.


What will the crooks think of next?