Cape Coral woman believes thief digitally hacked her car

Posted at 9:29 PM, Oct 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-31 09:23:30-04

Thieves could be getting access to your car with the click of a button. Thanks to technology you can buy on the internet, thieves can duplicate the radio frequency of your key fob to break into your car.

Heather Walsh from Cape Coral thinks it happened to her. She said she knows her car was locked when it was broken into while she was at work. The crooks took off with her wallet.

"I lock my car about three times before I walk away from it. I push the button all the time," Walsh said.

She said she follows a strict ritual when she gets out of her car.

"I turn my car off, I open the door, I lock it, then I get out," Walsh said.

She said her Kia Optima also locks automatically after a few minutes.

She said because there were no signs of a forced entry, technology must be to blame.

Experts said the idea isn't out of the realm of possibility.

"What they're using is a radio frequency device. It's capturing the radio frequency of the remote," Mirandy White, a car lock expert, said.

"It's really scary because everything is going digital, and I feel like there's going to be a hacker for almost everything soon," Walsh said.

She said the same thing happened to her friend, who is also sure her car was locked.

Cape Coral Police said they haven't seen any incidents involving this device, but are investigating Walsh's case.