by Paul Fisher
The above video shows the moment a pair of car thieves are foiled by a simple device – all captured on CCTV.
Two people in hooded jackets approach the vehicle parked on the driveway of the victim’s home in Peterborough. After a few seconds they are successful in opening the vehicle with a device.
Whilst one of the thieves gets in to the driver’s seat the second person uses a device, similar in size to a laptop, to scan for the key’s signal from within the address.
The device will pick up the signal from the key, relay it to the the vehicle and enable the engine to be started.
Saved by a Faraday bag
Luckily, on this occasion the owner of the vehicle had her key in a Faraday bag, which prevents the signal from being transmitted to the device and preventing the car from starting.
The offenders then left the area.
Sergeant Justin Howard said: “Residents are reminded to be vigilant and ensure their vehicles are safe by using a Faraday bag if you have a keyless entry or keyless start vehicle.
“The technology criminals now use means that they no longer have to physically enter your address and take your car keys to steal your vehicle.”
A version of this article originally appeared on our sister site, Peterborough Telegraph