Brazen thieves are caught on camera stealing a brand new £47,000 Mercedes car parked in its owner’s driveway in less than 60 seconds.
The two men are seen circumnavigating the top of the range motor’s keyless system before speeding off.
Jiwanjot Singh Ahluwalia, from Ilford, east London, released footage of Tuesday night’s captured on security cameras outside his home to help find the gang responsible.
Thieves have been caught stealing a £47,000 Mercedes car in less than 60 seconds on Tuesday night
Mr Ahluwalia, 67, a retired businessman, said: ‘I am shocked at how easy it was for them to take the car and I hope somebody will see the car or recognise the two men and tell the police.
‘There has been a fair bit of crime around this area in recent time and some of our friends have moved out. But we have lived here for more than 30 years.’
Mr Ahluwalia, whose daughter Pavan was decorated by the Queen in her birthday honours last year for services to the beauty industry, lost his car, medical records and his blue badge which allowed him to park at hospitals in the raid.
The CCTV footage reveals the spine-tingling moment that the pair got into Jiwanjot Singh Ahluwalia’s car. He lost his car, medical records and his blue badge which allowed him to park at hospitals in the raid
Gone in a flash: They managed to steal the Mercedes by tricking the car’s bespoke door and ignition system. One person waits by the car with a transmitter, while the second thief waves an amplifier around to detect a signal from the car’s key fob which is then routed to the transmitter
‘We will get a new car but the inconvenience caused is difficult as I have my regular hospital appointments and now my documents and blue bade are also gone,’ he added.
Footage of the theft shows the two men approaching the car in the dead of night.
One stands by the car with a transmitter, while the second thief waves an amplifier around the front of the house to detect a signal from the car’s key fob which is then routed to the transmitter.
The Mercedes’ door and ignition system is then tricked into thinking the key is nearby and within seconds the masked pair are able to enter the vehicle and drive it away.
The car is then tricked into thinking the key is nearby and within seconds the masked pair are able to enter (pictured climbing inside)
Vehicle thefts over the last five years have jumped 50 per cent, with keyless cars being targeted by tech-savvy criminals who can gain access in as little as 20 seconds
He said the theft happened at 2.15am, but he and his wife only became aware the car had been stolen when they woke at 7am.
Mrs Ahluwalia said: ‘I had seen a group of guys the night before on our road and I have sometimes see people come and check out the cars on our forecourt, so I knew something was coming.
‘I knew our house was being watched and targeted. The area doesn’t feel safe any more.’
The couple have asked for help from anybody who sees the white Mercedes 250cdi 4matic registration plate JJ54 ROJ and for the police to be notified.
Their daughter Pavan, 33, who received the British Empire Medal last year and is married to TV entertainer Magic Singh, said: ‘This just makes me sick.
‘My parents are good people who have worked all their lives for everything they have got.’
Pavan, who is in the Guinness Book of records for being the world’s fastest henna artist and has worked on EastEnders, added: ‘The car was with them for just six weeks and it has caused a lot of anguish.
‘It can be replaced, but it has made them question a lot of things as they are very honest people and can’t understand how some people can have such little regard for others.’
High-tech car thieves working together can steal your keyless car within a few seconds
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