Hi-tech thieves are now targeting push cars by attacking the keys leaving many car owners in New Orleans without a vehicle. This is how the crime works: first the thief shakes a relay box in the victim’s house and increases the car key to signal another device in the house, which is held by the second thief standing next to the car. The machine then detects the key and unlocks the door. The thief can jump into the car, push the engine button and is able to drive away. This can happen in just two minutes total. A downtown family says they believe it happened to them. “I don’t want to say that’s life, but it’s a hard reality of living in New Orleans,” Bryce Crier said. “You’re not safe anywhere.” Crier was excited to have his son home from LSU, but unfortunately, this homecoming wasn’t the best graduation surprise. “I said ‘hey your car is missing,'” Crier said. “He said ‘dad don’t joke’, I said ‘no son, your car isn’t here.’ In the neighbor’s surveillance video, you can see the thieves return home and drive away. β€œIt took less than two minutes for them to scan him with a scanner and get in the car and drive him away, and I was just shocked. Crier said. “As technology advances with anti-theft systems, so does the technology that criminals have access to,” said PJ Breaux with Pop-A-Lock New Orleans. Normally, a car wouldn’t operate on the road without a key, but Breaux says the technology tricks the car. “The car they’re using is actually cloning the signal from the key, so when it’s in the car, the car actually thinks it’s the right key,” Breaux said. Stolen cars are nothing new to New Orleans, but we’re seeing more this year with almost 1,900 stolen cars. Last year at this time, it was just over 1,800. Carjackings have also increased this year to 190, leaving the Crier family thankful that their son is now without a car. “My wife and I can get another car,” Crier said. “We can’t have another son. I’m glad the carjacking wasn’t a problem. That is the only blessing, but apart from that we will all be. I’m just fed up with crime.” There are several ways to help prevent this. Experts suggest getting a wheel chock or a road chock that is similar to a lug on your tire. Do not put the keys near the door. Another tool is a signal jamming bag that can prevent a hacker from communicating with your switch. This would protect someone from being able to clone your key if it’s in your pocket, pocketbook, on your person, or inside your home. If your car is stolen, the police also recommend that you report it immediately to increase the chances of it being successfully recovered.

Hi-tech thieves are now targeting push-start cars by hacking into key fobs leaving many car owners in New Orleans without a vehicle.

This is how the crime works: first the thief shakes a relay box in the victim’s house and amplifies the signal of the car key in the house to another device, which is held by the second thief standing next to the car. The machine then detects the key and unlocks the door. The thief can jump into the car, push the engine button and is able to drive away.

It can happen in just two minutes total. A downtown family says they believe it happened to them.

“I don’t want to say this is life, but it’s a hard reality of living in New Orleans,” Bryce Crier said. “You are not safe anywhere.”

Crier was excited to have his son home from LSU, but unfortunately, this homecoming wasn’t the best graduation surprise.

“I said ‘hey your car is missing,'” Crier said. “He said ‘dad don’t joke’, I said ‘no son, your car isn’t here’.”

In the neighbor’s surveillance video, you can see the thieves return home and drive away.

“It took less than two minutes for them to scan him with a scanner and get in the car and drive him away, and I was just shocked,” Crier said.

“As technology advances with anti-theft systems, so does the technology that criminals have access to,” said PJ Breaux with Pop-A-Lock New Orleans.

Normally, the car wouldn’t run on the road without a key, but Breaux says the technology tricks the car.

“The machine they’re using is actually cloning the signal from the key, so when it’s in the car, the car actually thinks it’s the right key,” Breaux said.

Stolen cars are nothing new to New Orleans, but we’re seeing more this year with almost 1,900 stolen cars. Last year at this time, it was just over 1,800. Carjackings have also increased this year to 190, leaving the Crier family thankful that their son is now without a car.

“My wife and I can get another car,” Crier said. “We can’t have another son. I’m glad the carjacking wasn’t a problem. That is the only blessing, but apart from that we will all be. I’m just fed up with crime.”

There are several ways to help prevent this.

  • Experts suggest getting a wheel chock or a road chock that is similar to a boot on your tire.
  • Do not put the keys near the door.
  • Another tool is a signal jamming bag that can prevent a hacker from communicating with your switch. It would protect someone from being able to clone your key if it’s in your pocket, pocketbook, on your person, or inside your home.

If your car is stolen, the police also recommend that you report it immediately to help increase the chances of it being successfully recovered.

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