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rotornut
27th Jan 2014, 19:33
https://www.youtube.com/embed/l7OadDz3Ums

OFSO
27th Jan 2014, 19:44
Last autumn an acquaintance of mine bought his son a new laptop at a well known shopping mall, locked it in his car, walked the boy back inside for lunch, came out to find everything gone including vital paperwork from his office. The car had been unlocked without damaging it, emptied, and locked again. The shopping mall management knew of the device which is used to copy locking/unlocking codes and which is carried by thieves prowling the car park watching people doing exactly what my friend did.

Easy money. Not really a "mystery device".

Capetonian
27th Jan 2014, 20:18
Another one. It's in 'foreign' but easy enough to get the drift of it.

Vols de voitures, nouvelle menace : Internet (http://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/xzxr6o?autoPlay=1%22%3E%3C/iframe%3E%3Cbr%20/%3E%3Ca%20href=%22http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xzxr6o_vols-de-voitures-nouvelle-menace-internet_auto%22%20target=%22_blank%22%3EVols%20de%20voiture s%2c%20nouvelle%20menace%20:%20Internet%3C/a%3E%20%3Ci%3Epar%20%3Ca%20href=%22http://www.dailymotion.com/autoplus%22%20target=%22_blank%22%3Eautoplus%3C/a%3E%3C/i%3E)

rotornut
27th Jan 2014, 22:11
Some time ago - can't remember exactly when but I'm sure it was in 2013 - the bad guys discovered a way of stealing Toyota Highlanders in a district of Toronto. Their modus operandi was a laptop, obviously with a program for accessing the CPU of this type of car. Scary!

onetrack
28th Jan 2014, 00:21
I've got a low-tech device for preventing car theft. It involves an Australian Blue Heeler who lies quietly on the floor of any vehicle I leave.
The instant an arm reaches inside the vehicle, the arm-owner has to deal with a snarling mouthful of dog teeth latched onto his arm - and it doesn't let go, either. :) :E

Dog grabs robber - YouTube

fujii
28th Jan 2014, 05:10
The story has been around for about 8 months and rides on the back of hoaxes which have been around since remote car locks appeared.

Oktas8
28th Jan 2014, 05:37
I thought all remote car locking devices use rolling codes.

For this exact reason.

Snopes (http://www.snopes.com/autos/techno/lockcode.asp) has more on this urban almost-myth.