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Indian-origin financier hit by hi-tech car theft in UK

Press Trust of India  |  London 

A UK-based Indian-origin is planning to switch to a more old fashioned after his hi-tech 4x4 was twice targeted by thieves who stole it after hacking its locking system.

Jas Hara said were caught on CCTV unlocking his 72,000-pound XC90 from his driveway using a scanning device and then driving away in it. The 41-year-old said the same model was taken from his driveway in October last year using the same method.

"It's terrible. We feel devastated. It is so distressing for it to happen not once but twice," he told the 'Evening Standard' newspaper.

"These thieves are using a new technology more powerful than before. The only consolation is that eventually karma will come around to them," he said, adding that he and his wife had taken extra precautions the second time but it failed to deter the thieves.

"Now I think we will stick with a bog-standard (old fashioned) car, and I would rather use a normal key from now on," he said.

In the latest incident, Hara noticed the car was missing when he woke up last Friday for his morning trip to the local gurudwara.

Car-hacking, or "relay attack", is becoming a common form of vehicle theft in the UK, with keyless entry cited as the "main driver" in the rise in offences.

The crime involves thieves using a "relay box" to pick up a signal from a real key. There have been calls to make it illegal to sell or own the boxes.

Advice to includes storing keys in a metal-lined container, keeping them well away from the front of the house, and turning off their radio signal.

The said it was investigating Hara's case but nobody had been arrested for either theft so far.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 22:20 IST