There has been unusual rise in cases of high end car theft, particularly BMWs. According to an estimate, the number may be 300 cars or higher. Most of them were stolen without tripping out car alarm or immobilizers.
Experts says the suspected method carrying out this type of auto thefts involves the use of devices that plug into car’s OBD (On-Board Diagnostics) port can program blank key fobs.
Once access to the vehicle is gained, the thieves connect a device to the car's OBD-II connector which gives them access to the car's unique key fob digital ID, allowing them to program a blank key fob to work with the car right then and there.
Official statement by BMWs UK media relations manager, Gavin Ward, when contacted by Jalopnik, "The battle against increasingly sophisticated thieves is a constant challenge for all car makers. Desirable, premium-branded cars, like BMW and its competitors, have always been targeted. BMW has been at the forefront of vehicle security for many years and is constantly pushing the boundaries of the latest defence systems. We work closely with the authorities and with other manufacturers to achieve this.
We are aware of recent claims that criminal gangs are targeting premium vehicles from a variety of manufacturers. This is an area under investigation.
We have a constant dialogue with police forces to understand any patterns which may emerge. This data is used to enhance our defence systems accordingly. Currently BMW Group products meet or exceed all global legislative criteria concerning vehicle security."
This security loop hole effects all BMW series models, from the 1 to the X6.
Source: Express and Star