Barbados thefts from vehicles with no sign of tampering: Could this gadget be on the island?

We understand that during the past few weeks the Royal Barbados Police Force has received several reports of thefts from late-model autos where there is no damage or other signs of forced entry. The police were blaming drivers for not locking their vehicles but the sudden rash of “no damage” thefts has officers thinking that some thing else is afoot.

From one news report online:

“Police across the country are stumped by a rash of car thefts. In surveillance video of the thefts, criminals appear to open locked cars with a mysterious handheld device. Nobody, not even the car manufacturers, knows how it works.

In Long Beach, Calif. The man walked up to the car, and used a small box to open it. Right next to him another man, also using a box, opens that car. The problem is they’re thieves without keys. Now they’ve swiped all valuables from the cars.

In Chicago, it was the exact same scenario. A man by a sedan unlocked it without a key. The alarm was disabled by some mystery device.”

Could these devices be here?



Filed under Barbados, Crime & Law, Police

7 responses to “Barbados thefts from vehicles with no sign of tampering: Could this gadget be on the island?

  1. Anonymous

    Don’t leave valuables in cars

  2. It is he!

    Funny! I just searched online and found another article about this happened a few days ago in Canada. The reporter interviews the luxury car manufacturers like BMW and they are stumped too. They say don’t leave valuables in the car and talk about their fancy systems but they don’t say squat about this device. It has them stumped!

  3. Canadian Tourist

    I thinking a Jammer is used. You can purchase cell phone jammers from, so I don’t think it would take much to shift the frequency to those used by the keyless entry systems….

  4. Party Animal

    anything that is wireless can he hacked, your cel phone car computer etc.
    all you need is a transmitter and scan the frequency and bingo.
    Do you know that if you locked your keys in your car you could call home and have someone use the spare key via cel phone to unlock your car for you

  5. So much FAT on the road!

    Don’t matter if they smash out the window or do it with technology cause the RBPF won’t catch them anyways!

  6. iWatchya

    As for the unlocking a car using a cell phone – that is false.

    There are several ways that this can perpetuated: The reverse engineering of the wireless communication system or key-less entry.

    Could be that the device they are using is “brute forcing” the communication system to obtain the car’s password for entry.

    Spoofing of key fob signals has been around for a while until the manufacturers started using encryption chips.

    Thieves have been using garage type “slim jims” for years – and police & insurance companies play ignorant about it.

    A smash and grab leaves evidence of obvious intent at the scene and has to be properly reported by police and then handled by insurance companies.

  7. Yout

    “As for the unlocking a car using a cell phone – that is false.”
    That’s statement is false. Cellphones can infact pick up and transmit radio frequencies beyond the human audio range, and have been known to be able to transmit the signal from a key via a call.

    A theory of plausibility is when the car owners leave their car they are being monitored. If the keying was indeed brute force there would be a noted lapse of time til the mystery box unlocks cars. If the unlocking is quick then the likelihood is a device which ‘listens’ to the signal sent out by the key then mimics it. This will require some immediate proximity or less likely, some intermediary based proximity. What should be inquired is whether the cars are being stolen from at similar sites or whether the cars are stolen from in a routine location like the owners workplace where the car is noted to be often.