Car Thieves' Ingenious Ways to Break Into Vehicles

How do these criminals get into the vehicles they are targeting?
2:24 | 07/10/13

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Do you have the car thieves really, really want? Last year it was the cadillac es ka laid but the new report says the ford pick-up was the car with the most claims for theft break in is. Wait until you hear the ways they're doing it. Ron claiborne has the answers. Reporter: It happens every 44 seconds in america today. Here, watch as a car thief in albuquerque tries to steal a car falling for a trap set by police. Top targets today? Older cars. That's because newer ones come loaded with new anti-theft technology. But the thieves are catching up. It's a cat and mouse game. As technology changes, they adapt to it. They look for the weakest link in the system and they might try to attack that. Reporter: Here's how they do it. Watch this undercover video from long beach, california. Right there, in his hand, a mysterious device that can unlock car doors. It has law enforcement baffled. They don't know what it is or how it works. Then there's this technique. When you go to lock your car remotely, clicking your key chain, a thief in the parking lot can block that signal using a simple handheld device. If you look your car it sends a signal and if the bad guy is in distance he can jam that signal. You walk away and they get into the car behind you. Reporter: Once inside t thief has another weapon, an electronic device that overpowers the car's anti-theft measures allowing them to start it up and drive away. Some are as small as this. This little piece I have in my hand. Reporter: So, what can you do to protect your car? Police recommend parking your car in a garage or well-lighted parking lot. Alarms will deter some thieves. Hidden tracking devices can help you recover your car if it is stolen. Reporter: Another tip, this one from the head of the nypd. He said never val lay park. Thieves target those boxes where people store keys. Do not leave your key in the car. It sounds obvious but more thefts were because the keys were left in the car than any other way. No kidding? Leafing your key in the car. Ron claiborne reporting and staying one step ahead of them tonight. Coming up next here dustin

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