By COLlive reporter
Honda vehicles are being stolen in the Crown Heights neighborhood with the help of a mystery device which is described as a master electronic key.
At least 2 such incidents were reported to COLlive.com in which thieves broke into and stole vehicles with the help of an electronic gadget.
The first theft happened on Thursday night, during Rosh Hashana. A new Honda Accord, parked in front of the owner’s home on Carroll Street between Brooklyn and New York Avenues, was stolen.
The owner awoke Friday morning to discover their car gone. Surveillance video showed a Caucasian male approaching the car at approximately 1 AM and using an electronic key to gain entry to the car, start it, and drive away.
The second incident occurred between 1 and 6 AM on Monday night on Brooklyn Avenue between Lefferts Avenue and Sterling Street. The owner of the Honda minivan, also recently purchased, discovered that his car had been stolen during the night.
When each reported the thefts to the police, they were informed that thieves are now gaining entry to cars with electronic “master” keys, which allow them to open the doors and drive the car.
Police advised residents to keep an eye on their cars, and if you see anything suspicious, call 911.
Security researchers say that most cars with a keyless entry system can be hacked, the New York Times reports.