Watch a BMW being stolen in 3 minutes...

by Bimmerfest.com Member - henrikk on July 6, 2012, 11:54 am


Not sure if this has been posted, but here goes:
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The essential theft process varies in detail, but all seem to have a fundamental methodology in common. First, the car is entered, either via nearby RF jammers that block the lock signal from the fob from reaching the car, or, more crudely, by breaking a window, as seen in the video in this post of the 1 Series being stolen. In cases of the window break, the thieves seem to be exploiting a gap in the car's internal ultrasonic sensor system to avoid tripping the alarm.

Once some sort of access to the vehicle is gained, the thieves connect a device to the car's OBD-II connector which gives them access to the car's unique key fob digital ID, allowing them to program a blank key fob to work with the car right then and there.
Non-response from BMW.

Source jalopnik


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21 responses to Watch a BMW being stolen in 3 minutes...

ProRail commented:
July 7, 2012, 5:33 pm

What is this "nonresponse from BMW"? Is there some response you are expecting? BMWs are hard to steal. but ANYHING can be stolen with enough resources. What response ae you looking for?
Andrew*Debbie commented:
July 7, 2012, 5:43 pm

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Originally Posted by ProRail View Post
BMWs are hard to steal.
Sadly, that is no longer true.
fwander commented:
July 7, 2012, 6:42 pm

The article leads one to believe that this is only happening in Europe due to EU regulations which dictate that the OBD codes must be readable by non-franchised repair shops. If that is the case, should we assume that cars purchased in North America do not have the same vulnerability?

Also of note, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is trying to pass a "Right to Repair" law which will require vehicle car manufacturers to provide OBD information in a similar manner.
Andrew*Debbie commented:
July 8, 2012, 3:31 am

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Originally Posted by henrikk View Post

Not sure if this has been posted, but here goes:

I started this thread back in March: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=610400

Can a moderator can merge the two threads? There is new information in this one.
Andrew*Debbie commented:
July 8, 2012, 3:36 am

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Originally Posted by fwander View Post
The article leads one to believe that this is only happening in Europe due to EU regulations which dictate that the OBD codes must be readable by non-franchised repair shops. If that is the case, should we assume that cars purchased in North America do not have the same vulnerability?
I first heard about this on a thread on Pistonheads, with "no key" thefts reported in England. Car in the YouTube video was in England. Problem is widespread there. -->

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...=feeds-newsxml


I easily found US eBay auctions for bulk quantities of fobs and had no trouble finding other items a car thief might want. I'd say it isn't safe to assume anything.
tturedraider commented:
July 9, 2012, 2:51 am

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Originally Posted by Andrew*Debbie View Post
Sadly, that is no longer true.
But, not just regarding bimmers.
seacow2001 commented:
July 9, 2012, 10:52 am

Spoken to my CA today as I have yet to take delivery of the F30 328i regarding this situation. He says that he is aware and has not heard of anything from BMW regarding increasing security. He also said that it has only happened in the UK and that BMWs are relatively low risk here in the US. I don't know if that's true or not.... I read somewhere last night that the people behind these theft were caught as well.

On a side note, I asked him whether the clown nose can be activated without the alarm system on my F30. He says no, the only way for them to do that is to install an alarm. He also said that the OBD port is fixed into its location in the newer model and could not be moved. Is this BS?

Regardless, I'm going to get a steering wheel lock for the car. It's a shame that you have a BMW and you have to buy a steering wheel lock, it doesn't look right. But then again, you can never be too safe. I also have the BMW assist with GPS locator so hopefully that will help get the car back as well.
hotrod2448 commented:
July 9, 2012, 1:23 pm

Seacow, If someone is advanced enough of a thief to reprogram a key on the spot a steering wheel lock likely isn't going to be much of an issue for them either. All they have to do is bend or cut the wheel and it's off.

I would consider a ravelco before the steering wheel lock. I wonder if they could install the ravelco inline to the OBDII plug, making it impossible for the thieves to talk to the car.
Jason @ BMS commented:
July 9, 2012, 3:24 pm

That's why I park my cars inside.
tagheuer commented:
July 9, 2012, 4:49 pm

this misconception that BMWs are harder to steal then other cars comes up every few years, not sure where the rumor started.

most modern cars now have chips in keys, engine immobilizers with millions of randomly generated codes, etc...including a Toyota Camry.

Nothing special about BMWs when it comes to security or theft.

They use the same chips and keyless entry (smart key) systems as everybody else, that are manufactured by Siemens, Bosch, etc
tagheuer commented:
July 9, 2012, 4:52 pm

if they had a blank key to start the car why were two guys pushing it away?

maybe the fuel pump failed?
nbesheer commented:
July 9, 2012, 9:50 pm

They were probably pushing it away from the house before they started it. It's likely to be a loud and distinguishable sound that the owner might hear. I used to roll my Z out into the street before starting it when I worked graveyard.
chuck92116 commented:
July 10, 2012, 3:17 pm

In the video, what is the guy doing hovering over the passenger mirror?
seacow2001 commented:
July 10, 2012, 4:23 pm

This was recorded in England. He was hovering over the driver's side. They broke the mirror to access the OBD port.
chuck92116 commented:
July 11, 2012, 10:24 am

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Originally Posted by seacow2001 View Post
This was recorded in England. He was hovering over the driver's side. They broke the mirror to access the OBD port.
Maybe I am just dumb but why is an OBD port in the mirror housing?
MrZip commented:
July 15, 2012, 8:55 pm

These jerk offs should be beaten & jailed. This is a good reason to keep BMW Assist active. The built in locator can track the vehicles location.
///Mariani commented:
July 15, 2012, 9:16 pm

Sad to see. I hope these guys get caught.
Andrew*Debbie commented:
July 16, 2012, 6:47 am

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Originally Posted by chuck92116 View Post
Maybe I am just dumb but why is an OBD port in the mirror housing?
It isn't.
Andrew*Debbie commented:
July 16, 2012, 6:51 am

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Originally Posted by Jason @ BMS View Post
That's why I park my cars inside.
and +1
Blaknificent commented:
August 12, 2012, 11:15 am

The Ultimate Driving Machine IS NOT the Ultimate Theft-proof Machine. Damn.
chris328 commented:
August 14, 2012, 1:09 pm

they couldnt start it? had to roll it away?