BMW offers car theft fix - for some
BMW will offer upgrades to X5 and X6 drivers whose cars are at risk of theft after a BBC Watchdog report into high-tech car crime.
The BBC highlighted how high-tech criminals could break into new BMW cars and reprogram replacement key fob to drive the car away.
This has been backed up by several reports over the past six months, including videos posted online, of criminals breaking into the premium cars in less than three minutes.
Shockingly for BMW owners, the trick can be used against tens of thousands of BMW cars and other premium cars sold in the UK but this is the first time the brand has acknowledged the problem.
According to car security firm SecureMyCar, the problem has seen thefts of BMW cars increase over the past eight months.
It said: "Over the past few months there has been a growing number of thefts of all BMW vehicles built between 2004-2012, across the UK. All cars manufactured with the cartridge type BMW key fob which slots into the dash with push button start or comfort access are under threat."
BMW has confirmed no new 1 Series Hatch, 3 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series and 7 Series - nor any other BMW built after September 2011 can be stolen using this method.
However, out of the older models that are affected only 'targeted models' including the BMW X5 and X6 will be offered an upgrade, according to a report from the BBC, leaving owners of older BMW cars at the mercy of the thieves.
Drivers can call BMW on 0800 0834397 or contact their nearest dealership for advice and information on technical theft and upgrades.
The German car brand has stated there is 'no such thing as an unstealable car' and asked customers to ensure cars are locked and, if possible, out of sight from potential car thieves.