Keyless remotes being used against car owners?

Posted at 7:00 PM, Apr 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-22 22:12:42-04

A San Diego man said thieves stole his keyless remote without ever touching it, effortlessly breaking into his vehicle.

"The alarm never went off and there was never any suspicion from people in the area"," said Rudy Blaw.

Yet someone broke into his vehicle.

"A purse was stolen from underneath the raincoat," he said. "I had a flashlight that was stolen."

Blaw said he was out of for a walk at Mission Trails Park lost month when it happened. He remembers locking his SUV, but claims someone still got in undetected.

"I looked for damage and there was absolutely no damage," he said. "That means that the car was just opened up."

Blaw thinks someone stole the signal coming from his vehicle's keyless remote.

It's a tough crime to prove, but it is possible someone used a remote-like device to get into his vehicle.

"We're seeing some kind of device that's being used around the country to essentially break into cars," said National Insurance Crime Bureau spokesperson Frank Scafidi.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau put out a warning for consumers that thieves have found a way to partially outwit the new technology.

Scafidi said the technology also doesn't discriminate by manufacturer.

"They are all susceptible to some degree to this kind of break-in," he said.

10News found similar types of stories in several cities across the country where people broke into vehicles almost undetected.

The San Diego Police Department told Team 10 they don't know of any other recent reports with this type of break-in.

Blaw said he no longer uses his keyless remote, and he hopes people will be cautious when in public places.

"We have to be totally alert and totally thinking about it," he said.

The NICB said consumers should follow normal safety rules and make what's in your vehicle unattractive.

They suggest concealing your cargo and taking all valuables out of your vehicle.