Car Thieves Cracking Car Security Codes | May Be a Smartphone App
The Chicago Police Department is investigating a puzzling slew of robberies where belongings are stolen from cars without any broken windows or force. Michael Shin, an Illinois businessman, thought he was “losing his mind” when his sedan was robbed. His doors were locked, but his valuables inside were missing. After reviewing his home security video, Shin was able to view how the robber was able to get in.
“He walks past my car, the dome light comes on and he kind of stops in his tracks and walks right into the car,” Shin told reporters.
Shin’s neighbors’ cars were robbed in the same fashion. Experts believe that car thieves have cracked keyless entry security codes by decrypting the code and sending the same unlock signal that an owner’s key transmitter uses. They may be using a device they created, or an app for a smart phone that allows them to find and crack car security codes.
The Chicago Police are launching an investigation into the type of technology used for code-grabbing as this new device could potentially change car thievery as a whole and the type of security needed to ward off potential robbers.
Fortunately, the keyless entry systems after 2010 have become more complicated and change the codes on a regular basis. But cars built before them are more at risk.
Locksmiths continually have to update their systems as the technology catches up to them.