A unique feature of Tesla cars - Sentry Mode - captured the thieves who stole the Porsche 911. After the hijacking video became viral, the thieves threw a car that was found by the owner very quickly.
This incident occurred in Spain. Two men in medical masks hacked into a Porsche 964 Carrera 2, which was parked next to Tesla Model 3, and rolled it out of the parking lot. It was well thought out because the sound of a loudly running engine would attract a lot of attention.
Despite the fact that the hijacking was well thought out, the thieves did not take into account the fact that a Tesla car with Sentry Mode activated was parked next to Porsche. As soon as Model 3 sensors detected movement around the car, the cameras immediately began recording. The owner of Tesla posted the video on the Internet (on Twitter and Facebook).
"Porsche Carrera 2, registration 2397DBK stolen in Benicassim, Castellón, last night at 3:20 AM. It will be complicated, but if someone knows something or knows someone in the video or photos, my DMs are open.
Thank you "
The next day, a car was found in L'Eliana, where a man recognized Porsche from video on Twitter. We do not know for sure what caused the thieves to abandon their original plan and a stolen car. But, at the moment, we know that the hijacking video has become popular and has received thousands of views, so there is a high probability that thieves saw the video, and therefore abandoned the car.
Porsche Carrera 2, matricula 2397DBK robado en Benicassim, Castellón, anoche a las 3:20 AM. Va a ser complicado, pero si alguien sabe algo o conoce a alguien en el video o fotos, mis DMs están abiertos.— Jose (@josejacas) July 12, 2020
"THE CAR HAS APPEARED.
I am waiting for confirmation from my cousin who is going to see it but it seems that they have found it in the Valencia area and it is intact. As soon as I know more I will tell you."
EL COCHE HA APARECIDO.— Jose (@josejacas) July 13, 2020
Estoy esperando confirmación de mi primo que está yendo a verlo pero parece ser que lo han encontrado en la zona de Valencia y está intacto. En cuanto sepa más os cuento. https://t.co/pbAGtlZZ8P
At the moment, the police are trying to identify thieves. Due to the fact that the video was made in poor lighting, and the faces of the subjects are covered with masks, there is a difficulty in identifying their personalities.
Tesla Sentry Mode has once again demonstrated its benefits, and we saw how cameras can really help owners of other cars that do not have such a function.
Sentry Mode adds a unique layer of protection to Tesla vehicles by continuously monitoring the environment around a car when it’s left unattended. When enabled, Sentry Mode enters a “Standby” state, like many home alarm systems, which uses the car’s external cameras to detect potential threats. If a minimal threat is detected, such as someone leaning on a car, Sentry Mode switches to an “Alert” state and displays a message on the touchscreen warning that its cameras are recording. If a more severe threat is detected, such as someone breaking a window, Sentry Mode switches to an “Alarm” state, which activates the car alarm, increases the brightness of the center display, and plays music at maximum volume from the car's audio system .
If a car switches to “Alarm” state, owners will also receive an alert from their Tesla mobile app notifying them that an incident has occurred.
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