saw this posted on another jeep forum ....
Supposedly gotten from a "Be on the lookout" (a "BOLO") bulletin that a cop buddy got...
BOLO ELECTRONIC MAGNETIC PULSE (EMP)
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has received information, in regards to the recent news articles/videos that outline reports of vehicles being unlocked by small hand held devices. When the Electronic Magnetic Pulse (EMP) device is activated it sends out a pulse that tricks the vehicle’s computer that the vehicle has been in a crash.
For many vehicles (especially those built in Asia) if the vehicle suspects a crash, it unlocks the doors to allow first responders to enter the vehicle.
Above are photos of one such device that was seized in Texas as mentioned in one of the news videos. This device was being concealed in a cigarette package when recovered by authorities. The device has been evaluated and tested by Federal Law Enforcement and also sent to vehicle manufacturer engineers for testing on various makes and models. Additional information has been received from Canada authorities, outlining their recent rash of similar crimes and the seizure of small (EMP) devices.
Attached is a link to a YouTube video where thieves are using a small Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) device to open door locks. https://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=l7OadDz3Ums
If you have any crimes that match this M.O. please contact: The Taskforce for Regional Autotheft Prevention (LACSO) - Headquarters ATTENTION LIEUTENANT JEFF ENFIELD
I would really like to find out if one of these devices works on our jeeps.
Odd thing is I have seen two separate videos of a device being used. One is the one where the thief holds the device right up to the door lock. ANd another where this fellow is apparently walking past a lot of cars seeing if they unlock. Well he passes this one particular car that had a dashcam and he uses the device while walking along and he stops abruptly because the car unlocked. He was standing maybe 5 feet away. So because of that i wonder if there are actually two different devices?