Footage shows keyless car thieves steal Range Rover from Co Down home in minutes
This is the moment brazen thieves stole a Range Rover from the driveway of a Co Down home.
Appearing to use a gadget in a plastic bag to gain entry to the car and start the ignition, the three men who had their faces covered made off with the vehicle within minutes from the Laurelvale Grove home.
It's believed the BMW X5 vehicle which the men arrived in had also been stolen from a nearby property, Belfast Live reports.
Owner of the vehicle, Raymond Younge has released the CCTV footage in a bid to warn others of just how easily this can happen.
The Donaghcloney resident said he hadn’t realised the car was gone until he was about to leave for work on Thursday morning, July 4.
“We were in bed, our bedroom is at the front of the house and that driveway is at the back of the house. I was going out to the car to go to work about quarter past 7 and that’s when I realised when I went to the driveway.
“There’s a tracker and all that comes with it, supposed to be a great security system and you get this thing on your phone and I went through it which takes you through to the emergency trackers and I asked what’s happening and they said they last hit they had was 3.49am and someone was tampering with the tracking device.
“And when I asked them what did they do, they said we presume your car is stolen and I asked them why they didn’t do anything about it then? But at that stage I wasn’t really sure on what had happened so I phoned the police."
He continued: “While I was waiting on police I watched CCTV and could see them shake this gadget at the house and could see the boy holding up the wire. They were very casual just walking around the house and the car and when they took this gadget out of the bag, yer man just give it a couple of shakes and that was him away.”
The 40-year-old, who only bought the car five months ago said when he contacted Land Rover they said they had been aware of the issue for a couple of years.
“I was shocked, annoyed and p****ed off. I contacted Land Rover and they told me they’ve known about the issue for a couple of years, and are working on technology advances and how to thwart it but in the mean time if they’d have told me I needed to keep my keys in a tin box or special pouch or whatever this could have been avoided.
“I asked them were they not going to inform customers about this and I was a bit annoyed he said, informing them of this would be akin to telling them their window could get broken’, I don’t accept that, you can’t make that comparison.”
A spokesperson for Land Rover said: “Vehicle theft is a criminal and industry-wide issue and is ever-evolving. Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles conform to the legislation at the time of manufacture and takes the issue very seriously working tirelessly to counter the ever-changing nature of vehicle thefts.
"This has resulted with our InControl Secure tracking system (offered on all our vehicles) having a more than 90% success rate of retrieving stolen vehicles.
“Jaguar Land Rover is one of the only manufacturers to have successfully protected against relay threat which was reported on by the ADAC and Which? This technology is being rolled out across our range demonstrating our commitment.
"Our website also has information on how to help protect vehicles against relay theft. If any customer has any concerns or questions, they should phone the Land Rover customer helpline on 0370 500 0500.”
Raymond hopes his story will serve as a warning to others to take active precautions to protect their keyless cars.
“I’m stuffed my car is gone I’ll never see it again but people need to know, they need to be able to protect their cars against this. It seems to have been going on for a couple of years in England and it’s just seemed to have hit here.
“You could be sitting in work, in a restaurant or anywhere and they could be away with your car using this technology, you could be anywhere not just in the house. It’s not just Land Rover either there are lots of other car manufacturers that are using keyless technology. They key was in my trouser pocket in the bedroom so it couldn’t have been further away so even if your key isn’t near windows or doors, it doesn’t seem to matter, they can still get access to them.”
Chief Inspector Tim Flanigan said: “At around 8am, it was reported to police that a number of people arrived at a house in the area driving a dark coloured BMW X5 vehicle. They exited the car, unlocked a Range Rover vehicle parked nearby with a handheld device.
"It is reported the vehicle unlocked and the persons were able to make off from the scene in both vehicles towards the Donaghcloney village area following the incident.
“Police believe the BMW X5 vehicle driven by the persons was stolen from a property at the Gannon Lodge area of Craigavon sometime between 8pm on Wednesday 3rd July and 9:15am on Thursday 4th July. "
Urging people to take precautions to help prevent car thefts, Inspector Flanigan added: “We would take this opportunity to warn vehicle owners that with advances in technology, thieves are now able to gain access to your vehicle by redirecting the wireless signal from your key fob.
“Motor vehicles are extremely expensive and owners should take the same precautions as they do with home security. Establish a routine to help keep your vehicle safe, including using your garage if available to secure your vehicle.
"Use physical car locks such as steering column locks and chains, as well as keeping all car keys (including spares) away from exterior doors and walls. Motorists are also advised to use a blocking pouch (lined with metallic material) to help block the wireless signal from your key fob.
“Enquiries are continuing and we would appeal to anyone who witnessed either incident to contact police in Lurgan on 101, quoting reference number 326 4/7/19. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime."
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