Luxury car owners are spending hundreds of dollars on new technologies that can prevent cunning thieves from stealing their cars.
Theft has become a growing problem in several neighborhoods of the Greater Toronto area, with five luxury cars stolen at Ajax over a two-week period.
Thieves are using technology to pick up a homeowner's key signal inside their home and use it to get into the vehicle and get away.
Lisa Des Vignes has a sophisticated Toyota Highlander and learned about what police are calling "relay robberies" right after buying it in February. She decided to spend $ 800 on a high-tech security system to prevent it from being stolen.
Within a month, someone tried to drive her car away using the relay method but was unsuccessful.
"It is a violation of your personal space that anyone has the audacity to come in," Des Vignes told CTV News Toronto from his Vaughan home.
Watching the suspect in surveillance camera footage, Des Vignes later said he has peace of mind, knowing that he could outsmart the culprit.
“That doesn't allow them to take the relay, not to mention we don't put the keys on the stairs anymore, because that's what they told us they can turn up on the front door signal while you sleep, so you're I don't even know this is happening, ”she said.
Tech-on-Tech Solution to Prevent Luxury Vehicle Theft
Lockdown Security in Markham is a company that helps vehicle owners fight vehicle theft.
Owner Jeff Bates said he has helped hundreds of customers with special technology that requires owners to press a button or enter a PIN code on a second key, which avoids potential thieves.
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He said the additional command still allows the suspect to enter the vehicle, but they cannot get away with him.
On Tuesday, Bates showed CTV News Toronto how it works. When the suspect opens the door, the vehicle's horn sounds. If the suspect is still determined and gets into the car and presses the Start button, the vehicle will not start.
"It's becoming much more prevalent because it's a very easy crime for people to perpetrate, because there's minimal punishment for the crime, which makes thieves very keen to do that," said Bates.
Theft victims left "confusing and confusing": police
Meanwhile, a series of stolen luxury vehicles in Ajax are prompting police to warn drivers of the need to protect their properties against high-tech theft in turns.
Between November 6 and 21, the Durham Regional Police Service said five Lexus SUVs and one Mercedes were pulled from a small area of the Ajax.
Police said the vehicles were locked and most were parked in the garage, then pulled away without the owner's key.
"They were very confused and confused," Const. George Tudos told CTV News Toronto.
All said the thieves are using the technology to copy and amplify keychain signals, which belong to vehicles valued at $ 100,000.
“We believe they were doing a relay robbery where they were actually stealing the house key signal and then reprogramming that vehicle to factory settings and then making their own key so that they were making a key. Duplicate. that's how they are stealing the vehicle, ”he said.
"Try to be vigilant, keep an eye on your vehicles, keep them in a bright area; if you have a car park, parking in the garage is recommended."
He also recommended that drivers buy special protective cases that can help prevent a suspect from entering the signal.