August 1, 2021 at 8:00 am #6579Rana GoodmanKeymasterThis was posted on Next Door and I felt it well worth sharing.
I locked my car. As I walked away I heard my car door unlock. I went back and locked my car again three times. Each time, as soon as I started to walk away, I would hear it unlock again!! Naturally alarmed, I looked around and there were two guys sitting in a car in the fire lane next to the store.They were obviously watching me intently, and there was no doubt they were somehow involved in this very weird situation . I quickly chucked the errand I was on, jumped in my car and sped away. I went straight to the police station, told them what had happened, and found out I was part of a new, and very successful, scheme being used to gain entry into cars.Two weeks later, my friend’s son had a similar happening…. While traveling, he stopped at a roadside rest to use the bathroom. When he came out to his car less than 4-5 minutes later, someone had gotten into his car and stolen his cell phone, laptop computer, GPS navigator, briefcase…..you name it.He called the police and since there were no signs of his car being broken into, the police told him he had been a victim of the latest robbery tactic — there is a device that robbers are using now to clone your security code when you lock your doors on your car using your key-chain locking device..They sit a distance away and watch for their next victim. They know you are going inside of the store, restaurant, or bathroom and that they now have a few minutes to steal and run.The police officer said to manually lock your car door-by hitting the lock button inside the car — that way if there is someone sitting in a parking lot watching for their next victim, it will not be you.When you hit the lock button on your car upon exiting, it does not send the security code, but if you walk away and use the door lock on your key chain, it sends the code through the airwaves where it can be instantly stolen Be wisely aware of what you just read and please pass this note on. Look how many times we all lock our doors with our remote just to be sure we remembered to lock them — and bingo, someone has our code…and whatever was in our car.
Snopes Approved –Please share with everyone you knowAugust 2, 2021 at 10:27 am #6585Martin WingerParticipant
“manually lock your car door-by hitting the lock button inside the car.”
Sorry, not possible!August 2, 2021 at 10:45 am #6586Marty GreenblattParticipant
Rana, I’m sorry that you fell for this obsolete and apocryphal tale. While it may have been briefly the case in the early days of remote keyless entry systems decades ago, modern systems using rolling codes and billions of possible digital codes render this kind of cloning virtually impossible without equally sophisticated systems, far beyond the skill and technology possessed by ordinary criminals.August 2, 2021 at 2:24 pm #6587bob millerParticipant
It’a just like the enigma machine used by the germans in ww2August 3, 2021 at 12:55 pm #6595J.BRINKParticipant
So, is this true or not?August 4, 2021 at 7:37 am #6596bob millerParticipant
no, of course not, since if it were, it would have been going on for years
and would have been a major problemAugust 9, 2021 at 9:53 am #6604MARCIA KOSTERKAKeymaster
I did not believe this either and I called the car dealership today where I bought my car and have it serviced. They said that no customer of theirs has reported this type of theft on a Honda. Furthermore, I discussed using a metal locking device called The Club on the steering wheel whenever I park my car in a public parking lot. This adds additional security. They however, could not guarantee that some device will not work to steal some cars of a different brand and thought using The Club was a good idea.August 10, 2021 at 3:10 pm #6606J.BRINKParticipant
We used a club for years.
I think it is a good idea.
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