This CCTV footage released by the West Midlands Police in the United Kingdom shows two criminals taking advantage of Mercedes-Benz’s keyless entry technology to steal a parked car in less than a minute.
The crime took place in Solihull earlier this year.
Vehicle security experts, Thatcham Research, described the incident as a “transmitter relay” attack, with the criminals “amplifying or capturing the signal from a keyless or smart fob”.
Keyless fobs, which shouldn’t be confused with standard remote fobs, allow drivers to conveniently open and start their vehicle without pressing the fob or even having to remove it from their pocket.
In the footage above, you can see one of the criminals standing near the house, picking up a signal from the key inside, relaying it and essentially tricking the Mercedes into thinking that the key is present…