The shocking moment is captured when robbers in the UK steal a 2019 Tesla early Wednesday (August 21) morning — valued at over £90,000 — in less than 30 seconds using a keyless hack now being more commonly deployed to steal cars.
"It was absolutely shocking how quickly it went," said Hrishi, the homeowner who captured the rapid and brazen robbery with his Ring doorbell camera at his Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England residence.
Hrishi says the car was being loaned to his brother, who had his own Tesla in the shop at the time.
Keyless vehicle systems use a simple process: fobs emit a short-range “friendly” radio signal that carries only a few yards. When the associated vehicle is close by (usually within a few metres), the car recognises the signal unlocks its doors. The same process is used for the ignition on cars with start buttons; the fob signal usually needs to be inside the car itself.
Using relay system, key jamming and other hacks, thieves gain nearly immediate access to keyless vehicles.
Experts say there are several ways to protect your car from potential theft: deactivating your key fob, keep keys away from doors and windows, or purchasing a wheel lock so that the car cannot be driven even if a thief managed to break into it.