Car thieves find ways to manipulate key fobs to steal vehicles from dealerships

Car thieves find ways to manipulate key fobs to steal vehicles from dealerships

SCHAUMBURG, In poor health. (TOC) — Surveillance video from contained in the Schaumburg Infiniti dealership exhibits two males in black masks dragging a secure filled with keys throughout the showroom ground.

They will then have the keys to any automotive they wish to take.

One other video from the in a single day hours exhibits a thief casually getting right into a pink corvette, beginning it with a tool supposed for locksmiths and moments later driving off.

Sellers mentioned it is changing into an enormous downside.

“We see the dangerous guys getting their arms of these, utilizing them to start out autos then re-key them with new key fobs,” mentioned Karianne Thomas with the Ziegler Auto Group.

Thomas mentioned for the reason that starting of the 12 months, thieves have stolen greater than a dozen new or used vehicles from Ziegler dealerships.

Final week, a thief broke a window within the service division. The particular person then broke the window out of a Durango on the showroom ground.

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And similar to prospects browse the autos in inventory on-line, the thieves are additionally apparently stock earlier than they arrive to determine what autos they wish to steal.

“It is an ongoing and nightly downside we’re attempting to forestall,” Thomas mentioned.

On the Infiniti dealership, after thieves broke in lately, they needed to reprogram all the important thing fobs so that they lined the car parking zone with vans for safety within the meantime. The pinnacle of safety mentioned thieves are getting extra brazen.

On the Chevy dealership, they’ve put up new non permanent lighting and cameras within the car parking zone to attempt to deter thieves.

“Our vehicles are stolen to commit different crimes [and] recovered at crime scenes,” Thomas mentioned.

Of the seven vehicles stolen from this dealership in current weeks, they’ve recovered six of them, however in a lot worse form than once they left the lot.

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