High-tech crooks making £20000 a day tricking drivers into leaving cars unlocked using jammers to secretly block … – The Sun

Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017

THE shocking scale of car thefts using key fob lock jamming devices is revealed today —  as The Sun exposes a car wash gang spearheading the crime spree.

Police say one in four stolen cars are now nicked using the gadgets, which send a signal that stops owners locking their doors by remote.

But researchers say that is an underestimate and it may be as high as 45 per cent.

car jammers

Romanian car wash gang boss Mario hands over jammer to Sun’s undercover man

key fob jammer

Gang boss Mario bragged he used a key fob jammer to steal £20,000 in cash that had been left in a car

key fob jammers

Gang boss Mario claims they have even swiped large bundles of cash using the key fob jammers

car fob jammer

Romanian car wash gang boss boasts he pockets up to £20,000 a day using key fob jammers to rob cars

The boss of a Romanian car wash gang has boasted he pockets up to £20,000 a day using key fob jammers to break into vehicles.

He told an undercover Sun reporter his team, who use the devices to jam the signal when drivers lock cars remotely, steal phones, laptops and have even swiped large bundles of cash.

key fob jammers

Gang boss tells Sun reporter he could supply him with as many key fob jammers as he wanted at £500 a time

key fob jammers

We reveal the scale of car thefts using key fob jammers which can block the signal when drivers lock their cars remotely

key fob jammers

How the shocking spate of car thefts works

The gang boss, named Mario, told our man he could supply him with as many key fob jammers as he wanted at £500 a time. He added: You can use this when you want to steal the car.

“Boss, with this you know how many telephone — iPhone 7, Samsung Galaxy 8 — I get from the car? Go to the city centre, loads.

“I swear to my bone 20 grand, two people — ten for me and ten for my friend.”

This is how easy it is for thieves to use car key jammers to steal your possessions

key fob jammers

Gang boss Mario brags he once used key fob jammers to steal £20,000 in cash from a car

key fob jammers

Mario, who runs the gang with a fellow Romanian, boasted he could get devices to start a Range Rover engine

key fob jammers

Mario’s gang targets music festivals such as Glastonbury with the key fob jammers

key fob jammers

Mario said he had contacts who wanted to target ‘expensive’ Range Rovers in crime spree

key fob jammers

Mario also bragged about getting expensive phones and cash from city centres

key fob jammers

We tested this key fob jammer on a range of vehicles and it blocked the locking signal every time

key fob jammers

Crooks hold down a button as an owner operates his remote locker to block the signal

key fob jammers

The key fob jammers, as used by Romanian gang, will work within 100metres of the vehicle

Mario bragged he once used key fob blockers — which police say have sparked a rise in thefts both of vehicles and from them — to steal £20,000 in cash that had been left in a car.

He also claimed his gang, which works at car washes in Coventry, targets music festivals such as Glastonbury where thousands leave their cars parked for days at a time.

He added: “When you go festival, big festival — car park, I swear to God.”

key fob jammers

Thieves can rob ANY vehicle with key fob jammers

key fob jammers

Small red gadget obtained by The Sun for £500 has four settings for different locking signals

key fob jammers

Many drivers targeted by key fob jammers cannot claim on their insurance after the theft

key fob jammers

After we spoke to Mario about the investigation, he denied all claims


key fob jammers

Mario told an undercover reporter his team could steal phones and laptops using key fob jammers

key fob jammers

Mario bragged to using key fob jammers at large festivals where punters leave their cars parked for ‘days at a time’

key fob jammers

Police have launched a clampdown on the internet sales of key fob jammers

Mario, who runs the gang with a fellow Romanian named Fernando, also boasted he could get devices which will start a Range Rover engine.

He said he had contacts who wanted to target Range Rovers because they were so expensive.

key fob jammers

In London alone 6,000 cars and vehicles have been stolen using methods exposed in our investigation

key fob jammers

Mario claimed he could give undercover reporter key fob jammers on a big scale

key fob jammers

Gang boss Mario works out of a car wash and told all to our reporter

Mario asked our reporter: “How many you want? I bring you.”

He said our man could use the jammer to get in the Range Rover, then a starting device to drive it away. The key jammers will work within 100metres of a car.

Crooks hold down a button as an owner operates his remote locker and the radio wave signal is blocked.

There were an estimated 872,000 vehicle-related thefts across England and Wales in 2015 and more than 237,000 thefts from a vehicle.

A KEY fob crook ransacked Lauren Dover’s Skoda at Christmas.

He snatched about £200 worth of presents along with clothes and her purse and bank card. Her card was used three times, spending £100. Carer Lauren, 22, of Leeds, said: “It was cruel. It was just before Christmas and lots of presents were stolen.

“Another car had the same thing happened nearby on the same night. A a lap top was taken.”

Police caught the card crook but he insisted he found it in a street.

Lauren said: “He was about 19 and had just got out with prison for theft and drugs.

“He was out on licence. But all he got was a fine. So much for justice.”

In London alone 6,000 cars and vehicles were stolen using electronic hacking devices, police say. Some researchers estimate as many as 45 per cent of cars are stolen using some sort of device. The National Police Chiefs’ Council says it is more like 25 per cent.

Andrew Miller, head of insurance research firm Thatcham Research, said: “We are seeing a greater rate of this happening. It’s very hard to stop.”

key fob jammers

There were an estimated 872,000 vehicle-related thefts across England and Wales

key fob jammers

We tested key fob jammer from Mario on a Mercedes, BMW, Vauxhall and Ford

key fob jammers

Our investigation exposes shocking spate of crime using easily obtainable key fob jammers

key fob jammers

Chief constable urges drivers to remain ‘vigilant’ over new spate of theft

key fob jammers

Some researchers estimate as many as 45 per cent of cars are stolen using devices such as this one, pictured

key fob jammers

We expose a car wash gang heading the spree to steal vehicles and goods

One gang was jailed last year for stealing £700,000 worth of Range Rovers and Land Rovers in London using a jamming device.

Many drivers targeted by key fob thieves cannot claim on insurance because there is no evidence of forced entry.

The small red gadget obtained by The Sun for £500 has four settings for different types of locking signal and can target a wide range of makes and models.

key fob jammer

Police say key fob blockers, such as pictured with Mario, have sparked a rise in thefts both of vehicles and from them

key fob jammer

Mario pictured at the car wash he runs with associates

key jammer thefts

Mario pictured during Sun investigation into key jammer thefts

We tested it on a range of cars including a Mercedes, BMW, Vauxhall and Ford and it blocked the locking signal each time.

When asked for his response to our expose, Mario said: “I don’t know what you mean.”

POLICE forces across the country have launched a fresh clampdown on the internet sales of car key fob jammers.

Crooks have been able to buy basic jamming devices for as little as £30 online.
But now officers are pursuing websites selling the key fob blockers and shutting them down.

A National Police Chiefs’ Councils spokesman told how they regularly act on tip-off from members of the public reporting online sales of jammers. Deputy Chief Constable Matt Jukes, the NPCC lead on acquisitive crime, said: “Electronic compromise of vehicles is a small but growing feature of vehicle crime.

“It is essential people remain vigilant against this kind of electronic breach.”

Comments

Write a Reply or Comment:

Your email address will not be published.*