By Bethany Gleave
Shocking CCTV footage shows car thieves pinch a keyless BMW in just 90 seconds using a hi-tech jamming device.
The pair swoop on the luxury car with one holding a backpack by the front door to block signals from the owner’s keyfob.
Meanwhile a second thief can be seen using a replica fob to quickly open the door of the £17,000 seven series BMW and drive away in just seconds.
Car owner Uraib Asif, 28, is now warning motorists to make sure their keys are stored in a metal tin or in a specialist bag to stop this scam.
Uraib, a chauffeur from Rochdale, Greater Manchester, said: “It took them minutes to open the car and drive off with it and we didn’t know anything about it.
“It is obvious from the CCTV footage that they knew exactly what they were doing as they work so quickly and in tandem.
“My keys were about two feet away from the door. I normally store them far away from the door but I got in late the night before and just threw them on the nearest table.
“I have had people telling me to put them in a metal tin or in special bags as that blocks the signal.
“In the CCTV you can see that once they have opened the car and started the engine one of the men goes to the other side of the road.
“I think he was seeing if any lights came on and if anyone had reacted to the engine being switched on. When they saw that no one had reacted they were happy to go and they were gone.”
Uraib reported the car missing to the police an hour later as his dad woke by chance and noticed the car had gone.
They then reviewed the clear footage and couldn’t believe how easily the duo managed to
He added: “My dad woke up an hour later and noticed that the car had gone and we called the police.
“The annoying thing is that when I started to hear more of these scanner thieves I started to store my keys in a metal tin away from the door but I just became lazy and stopped doing it.
“You never think it is going to happen to you and I won’t be making that mistake again.
“We were lucky we had the camera set up and I couldn’t believe just how quickly and calmly they did it, the car was gone in seconds.
“They are clearly experienced and it is scary how quickly it can be done and with minimal noise to alert you to it happening.
“We have told the police and they can only do so much, we just need people to be on the lookout.
“I’ll be making sure I keep my keys in a tin box from now on so it doesn’t happen again.
“I am really struggling without the car as I need it every day for my business.
“I can’t afford to cancel on clients because I would lose their future business so I am having to try to find a car to borrow.”
Greater Manchester Police have been contacted for comment.