Planning to buy a high-end luxury car with all the required safety and security features? Well, this might not be good. Thieves take just five minutes to steal sedans or SUVs worth quite a lot of money; in fact, the actual timing is just 4.30 minutes.
The Special Task Force of UP Police busted a gang of car thieves who were expert in breaking into the secured vehicles in September 2016. Analysis of a CCTV footage from six different incidents revealed that it does not take more than 5 minutes to break into the secured vehicles, replace the engine control unit module (ECM) and drive off with their prized catch.
The gang kingpin Raju Goli has admitted to stealing 130 vehicles from November 2015 to September this year and of this 45 were stolen from various location in Lucknow.
The gang was found to be in possession of eight high-end vehicles. The gang had progressed in skills to break into Hyundai Verna, Creta, Honda City, Mahindra Scorpio, Toyota Innova, and Tata Safari within minutes.
While interrogation, the police found out that the gang used to purchase engine control units from different car manufacturers in advance to replace it in the stolen vehicle.
It is quite easy to break into a car; however, cracking the anti-theft alarm system and re-mobilising the car's engine control unit without the original key is hard and needs skill.
The UP police found out from the gang that they would replace the old ECM with a new and bypass the entire security system and help them drive away the stolen car.
The entire process might sound difficult, but with practise this is as easy as changing the security code on your smartphone. By formatting the smartphone and entering a new code to access the phone again.
In the same way, the gang used to install new ECM and format the code. Once the system is re-booted, the engine is ready to be re-mobilized. Raju Goli and his men were sent to prison on September 2016. The interrogation report by the STF has the names of people who provided resources and helped the gang for a heavy payment.