By using a lock pick anyone can buy online.
Advances in technology have made it harder for thieves to steal your car. Tesla's Sentry Mode can monitor a car's surroundings and sound the alarm if it detects a threat such as a thief smashing a window attempting to break in. To thwart thieves from stealing the Challenger Hellcat and Charger Hellcat, Dodge offers a security system that uses an encryption code to limit the speed.
Despite these advanced security systems making life harder for criminals, determined thieves are still finding ways to steal cars. As this eye-opening video demonstrates, it's surprisingly easy for a thief to break into a car that has a physical lock.
Using a Lishi lock picking tool, the YouTuber attempts to pick open the door of his own Ford Explorer ST. This tool is available online and works for most modern Ford models including the Ranger, C Max, Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, and EcoSport. It also works for the Land Rover Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, as well as some Volvo models including the XC90.
In the video, the lock picker inserts the tool into the driver's side door lock and uses the blades to pick the lock. Worryingly, he was able unlock the Ford Explorer ST with the pick in less than a minute.
Obviously, it's rather concerning that anyone with some skill and a tool bought online can break into a car so easily. However, LockPickingLawyer notes that picking the lock triggered the alarm after just ten seconds, which doesn't always happen in other vehicles.
The FordPass app also notified the owner on their phone that the alarm had been triggered, which is reassuring. However, it's technically possible to pick the lock of the Explorer ST without triggering the alarm and FordPass notification, but this requires "additional steps" that won't be as easy.