Thieves Using Tech to Steal Keyless Cars

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A crime trend nationwide shows car thieves are getting help from technology to steal your car in just a matter of minutes. Police say its all done by electronically copying your key fob.

A Charlotte couple said they woke up New Year’s Day to find their 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee stolen right out of their driveway—even though the car doors were locked.

Police say its a crime trend nationwide, where car thieves are getting help from technology. Investigators believe thieves are using electronics to copyyour key fob.

“I thought if you put your keys up and your doors were locked, other than busting your windows and hot wiring your car, I didn’t think there was a way to steal your car,” one victim told WCNC NBC Charlotte.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department told WCNC NBC Charlotte that’s no longer the case: Thieves nowadays are taking the car theft crime a step further.

“They’re able to send a signal from your key fob to another key fob if they can get close enough,” CMPD Officer Johnathan Frisk explained.

From there, the suspects can create an electronic copy of the key fob and easily get access inside your car. 

Visit WCNC for more details.

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