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Tesla break-ins reward thieves with pricey valuables: police reports

Tesla break-ins reward thieves with pricey valuables: police reports

Recent break-ins, often reported by Tesla owners in the San Francisco Bay Area on networking websites and forums have left the neighborhood wondering whether Model S, Model X, and Model 3 vehicles have become a specific target for burglars. While added safety features are being actively addressed by Tesla via software upgrades, it appears a part of the theft problem is linked to the value of things left in the expensive vehicles.

According to police reports obtained by Teslarati from the Berkeley Police involving burglarized Tesla vehicles in recent months, thieves have successfully obtained expensive valuables left inside the all-electric cars like luxury watches, tennis gear, notebooks, iPad Pros, and even a 1.52-carat diamond ring.

The episode reports supported the pattern of theft behavior already noticed by owner-victims on the internet. The vehicle entry was through the rear quarter window, and after the triangular piece of glass was smashed, thieves could hit in and lower the back seats to gain access to the back. Depending on the reports acquired by Teslarati, there was no indication of a day or time preference for the events taking place.

Between October 2018 and ancient January 2019, filings with the Berkeley Police show that Model S and Model 3 vehicles were burglarized in a speed of roughly every other week in the relatively small bay city. Nearby Oakland and San Francisco have been hotspots for Tesla burglaries. With the city inhabitants four eight greater than Berkeley, the total number of Tesla break-ins per week, occurring gets shocking.

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Tesla hasn’t been tone-deaf into the security problems experienced with its customers. In fact, several security features have been implemented over the last year. Back in August, “PIN to drive” necessitating a PIN-entry before auto operation was released to curtail vehicle theft. Back in November, an Enhanced Anti-Theft apparatus was released through the Tesla online store to monitor movement inside locked Model S and Model X cabins. Another security enhancement came with all the Version 9.0 software update, which included a built-in dash camera that allowed owners to record and save footage to an external USB disk drive.

Regardless of the security enhancements being worked by Tesla, while waiting for something more detailed from producer, some vehicle owners have opted to make their own solutions. 1 tech savvy Tesla community member and DIY enthusiast, Jon Osborne, made a 3D-printed locking mechanism that may stop thieves from gaining access to some Tesla vehicle’s back – the place often targeted by burglars. The other 3D printed device for sale with a similar purpose called the “Drop-Lock” was developed to install to the back seat fold levers to stop would-be burglars from gaining easy access to the back through the back seats.

Ultimately, obviously, is the coming comprehensive security solution described in several Twitter talks by CEO Elon Musk: the Iron Man-reminiscent Sentry Mode. Sentry Mode will aim to attract as much care during a discovered burglary to vehicles. The security attribute is forecast to play Bach’s Toccata and Fugue during robbery attempts.

The article Tesla break-ins reward thieves who have expensive valuables: authorities reports appeared initially on TESLARATI.com.

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