Electronic Car Lock Denial-of-Service Attack
Inspector Richard Haycock told local newspapers that the possible use of the car lock jammers would help explain a recent spate of thefts from vehicles that have occurred without leaving any signs of forced entry.
"We do get quite a lot of car crime in the borough where there's no sign of a break-in and items have been taken from an owner's car," Inspector Haycock said. "It's difficult to get in to a modern car without causing damage and we get a reasonable amount of people who do not report any.
"It is a possibility that central locking jamming is being used," he added.
Devices that block the frequency used by a car owner's key fob might be used to thwart an owner's attempts to lock a car, leaving it open for waiting thieves. A quick search of the internet shows that devices offering to jam car locks are easily available for around $100. Effectiveness at up to 100m is claimed.
I thought car door locks weren't much of a deterrent to a professional car thief.
EDITED TO ADD (10/22): The thieves are not stealing cars, they're stealing things left inside the cars.
EDITED TO ADD (11/10): Related paper.
Posted on October 21, 2010 at 2:07 PM • 48 Comments