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Multi-step process. Probably not efficient for the average thief, who is content to employ more fundamental mechanisms.
 

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Were I a thief, I'd look at this technology as a good tool for a well planned attack on a high value, stationary target.
 

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if it's a high value stationary target then most likely the "high value" part means it has a chip so just having the door key probably won't get you far and if it is a classic car of high value chances are a screwdriver and brick will work just as well anyway
 

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if it's a high value stationary target then most likely the "high value" part means it has a chip so just having the door key probably won't get you far and if it is a classic car of high value chances are a screwdriver and brick will work just as well anyway
But this doesn't damage the car and devalue it.

Regarding immobilizer chips, well, it really isn't prudent to discuss openly. But, they aren't as secure as one would think. A fully planned attack of a high value vehicle could go off without a hitch using this device.
 

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tow truck with wheel dollies and fake tags..

can hit multiple car targets in one night and dump in isolated location where an "associate" can do the grunt work.

people wont pay too much attention too if your wearing a tow truck personnel uniform.

:discomonkey:
 

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tow truck with wheel dollies and fake tags..

can hit multiple car targets in one night and dump in isolated location where an "associate" can do the grunt work.

people wont pay too much attention too if your wearing a tow truck personnel uniform.

:discomonkey:
sad yet true...
The same thing goes for wearing a hard hat and reflective vest. You can waltz onto just about any work site, or even make up your own if you've got those items.
 

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Hmm... in combo with one of those devices that can capture the key fob transmitter's transmitted code if within proximity when the car is unlocked via the fob, this device could round out the thief's toolset for completely duplicating ignition key and the remote fob.

Another good reason not to let the valet park your car. Think about it. A valet at a country cub or other high end location where expensive vehicles go, if equipped with the knowledge and the devices. Could fashion the key and fob set then on his day off go track down the car. Scary. Pro auto theft rings probably already planting operatives in jobs at high value valet lots for just this purpose.
 

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If someone whats something bad enough, they will find a way to take it.
Too true.

That tool would have been a good add-on for the movie "Gone in 60 seconds". Looks like the device just gets the pattern. Then the thief would have to make the key. Then they would be able to drive it away. Chances are they are not going to do all of this in a parking lot. They'll use a tow truck to transport it to an isolated spot to work on it. And as soon as it's loaded onto, or behind, a truck it's already stolen so who cares what happens next?
 
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