February 16, 2018
Car hacked into by thieves and stolen in seconds near Burnham-On-Sea

This £16,000 BMW has been stolen from a car sales forecourt near Burnham-On-Sea in less than a minute by tech-savvy thieves who managed to bypass its security system.

Burnham-On-Sea Police are investigating the theft of the luxury car from Coopers Cars in East Brent on Wednesday evening (February 14th) at 8.50pm.

The thieves were caught on CCTV stealing the vehicle using an amplified signal hacking device which can remotely open the BMW's doors. The devices are being increasingly used by thieves across the UK to steal high-end keyless cars.

Business owner Tony Cooper told says his CCTV footage shows the thieves pull up in a car then electronically open the BMW doors, before a person gets in and drives it off into the night.

Tony says: "The whole thing lasted less than a minute - it was very quick and they caused no damage to the vehicle whatsoever."

"It was a very well planned theft in which they remotely unlocked the car and drove it off."

"The car they took is a high-end BMW M6 V10. We're a small family business so a theft like this hits us hard."

"We would urge other car sales businesses and BMW owners in the area to be aware that this has happened."

Burnham-On-Sea Police are asking for anyone with information about the incident to contact them on 101.

Police have recently warned that car criminals are becoming more tech-savvy than ever before.

They have seen increasing use of the signal amplifiers to unlock cars simply by approaching them with the high-tech device.

Police say that in some UK cities up to one in four stolen cars are now taken using the gadgets.


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