Criminals are using a new method in order to steal vehicles from homes within seconds.

CCTV footage released by police shows how thieves managed to bypass a car’s security and drive off with it in under a minute last September.

Coventry Telegraph report that West Midlands Police are now hunting the crooks and are warning others to help prevent more ‘relay’ crimes.

The Mercedes has still not been recovered and it is believed to be the first ‘relay crime ‘ to be caught on camera.

How does ‘relay’ car cime work?

Footage released by West Midlands Police shows two men – both carrying relay box devices – pulling up outside the victim’s home in Elmdon.

One of the men can be seen waving a box in front of the property.

The device receives a signal from the key inside and transmits it to the second box next to the car.

The car’s security system is tricked into thinking the key is present and the vehicle unlocks, with the pair then driving away.

The Mercedes still has not been recovered following the theft, which happened overnight on September 24.

The technique works as one of the thieves stands near a house with a device to pick up the signal of the car key – relaying it to an accomplice holding another transmitter near the vehicle.

How do you protect yourself?

Mark Silvester, from West Midlands Police crime reduction team, said: “To protect against this type of theft, owners can use an additional tested and Thatcham-approved steering lock to…

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