Thieves have been breaking into cars since the horse and buggy fell out of favor.
New surveillance footage from Seattle, Washington, suggests criminals may have a high-tech method for a relatively old crime.
KCPQ-TV aired footage provided by Tom Dahl, whose truck was recently broken into. Dahl caught the entire incident on camera and he noticed the thief didn’t have to force his way into the vehicle.
The man approached Dahl’s truck and unsuccessfully tried the handle. He then took off his backpack and moved it closer to the window — unlocking the truck and disabling the alarm system.
The thief didn’t take the truck and Dahl didn’t keep anything valuable in the cab, but he’s worried about how his vehicle was broken into in the first place. “You used to have a wire that you slid down the window, when it was mechanical. But now it’s electronic,” he said.
In January, Lars Carlson’s car was broken into the same way.
“It’s running through codes automatically or it’s a button they’re pushing or something is happening,” he said. “But whatever it does, it seems to trick the car into thinking he’s got the legitimate keys.”
Seattle police haven’t identified the device and they’re not sure how it works.
“As technology adapts, criminals adapt,” said Capt. Eric Sano. “We have to be one step ahead of the criminals and to figure it out.”
Though Dahl is happy nothing was taken, he’s sharing the video to make sure other people’s vehicles are safe. “I hope other people pay attention, make sure things are secure and locked, and don’t keep things in your car that are of any value.”
Image via KCPQ-TV