A unique feature of Tesla cars--Sentry Mode--captured the criminal who broke a car window and stole the owner's purse. However, he hardly thought that his crime, as well as his face and car license plates, were captured on video.
Unfortunately, criminals often break into cars if they see things left in the cabin, especially handbags or cases, so always be vigilant. This incident took place in Houston, and was filmed, thanks to Sentry Mode. The video shows a man getting out of his car and looking into the windows of the Tesla, which is in a parking lot. After he noticed that there is a purse in the car, he takes some kind of tool that damages the glass. The offender then presses on the window, which shatters it. The attacker grabs the bag, gets into his car, and flees the crime scene.
Thanks to Sentry Mode, car owners have a crime video that clearly shows the criminal's face and the car's license plate. The offender left in a Lincoln MKZ, with license plate 98120E9.
this happened in houston, y’all gotta STOP breaking in tesla’s bro .. pic.twitter.com/ODdzzgIxTd— naomi marie 🐝 (@itsnaomimarie) January 23, 2021
Fortunately for all Tesla owners, the automaker has created Sentry Mode, which helps to understand what happened during the accident. It both wards off malicious acts, and in other cases, helps find the offender who caused harm. This feature has repeatedly helped the police in solving crimes.
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.
We hope that, thanks to the video from Tesla cameras, the police will be able to find and catch the criminal who will be brought to justice for his actions.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.