BMW catch car-thief by locking him in car

BMW-catch-car-thief-by-locking-him-in-carBMW has started taking law enforcement into its own hands.

Yes, it’s not as weird as it sounds. When a car thief, managed to pinch a BMW 5 Series parked in Seattle after the owner left the key fob in the car, the owner called the police, who in turn called the BMW corporate division.

Through tracking software, BMW were able to pinpoint the car’s exact location – in the Ravenna neighbourhood of the US city – and remotely lock the car’s doors.

When the police caught up with the 5 Series, the thief was asleep, with the engine still running.

The city’s police department’s deputy director of communications, Jonah Spangenthal-Lee, posted a blog about the episode.

“A car thief awoke from a sound slumber Sunday morning (November 27) to find he had been remotely locked inside a stolen BMW, just as Seattle police officers were bearing down on him.”

Plenty of elements still seem a little strange, quite why the car thief would go to sleep in a car with the engine running is anyone’s guess. But at least it goes someway to indicate car security is clearly changing for the better – at least from a law enforcement point of view.

New developments in technology are also giving owners far greater control too, with a multitude of apps that allow vehicle owners to lock doors, set off alarms, and even adjust the air con settings remotely.

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