Car thieves have been getting quite innovative and clever in their ways to break into cars of all shapes and sizes. To counter the rising menace, car makers are always introducing new and improved security and safety features.
However, when 39 Audi cars are broken-in within 48 hours, perhaps it is time for the company to re-examine its security protocols.
The UK Police have reports of 39 cars of the Audi brand being stolen within a span of mere two days and have uncovered the ridiculously simple reason that enabled the carjackers to get away in their stolen vehicles. Apparently, the key to these expensive vehicles is present inside the car, reported The Telegraph.
Interestingly, it’s not the keys that the owners have forgotten, but these are extra sets of keys kept by the company itself. Police are cautioning Audi owners to check their glove compartments and remove any emergency keys.
Audi UK said certain models, including the Audi A4, A5, A6, A7, and A8, come with an emergency plastic key blade which can start the car if the normal key has been lost. Audi has issued an urgent statement saying they do warn new owners not to leave the emergency key in the car, reported Audi-Sport.
Incidentally, all the cars that have been reported stolen are said to have their spare set of keys kept in the glove compartment. Many of the victims seemed unaware any such emergency option was offered by Audi. Hence, police have urged Audi owners to approach their local dealers to get a clear understanding about the spare key and its safe usage.
The police have also approached Audi UK to gain more information about the stolen cars, and the company has confirmed it is co-operating fully.
Confirming the development, Audi UK Product Affairs Manager Robin Davies said:
“Audi UK is currently assisting Leicestershire Police with its inquiries relating to the break-ins in this area. Audi is absolutely committed to setting the very highest standards for security.”
Additionally, advising about the feature, Mr. Davies said, “However, no vehicle is immovable if its key is accessible. So, we advise all drivers never to leave spare sets in their cars.”
In simpler words, Audi won’t be able to remotely disable the car or kill the engine if the ‘driver’ has turned the ignition with a legitimate set of keys, original or spare.
Audi has one of the highest ratings in driver and passenger safety alongside Volvo. However, this convenience feature has turned out to be rather counterproductive.
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