Thieves can use cellphones to see what’s inside your car, police warn

by: Melissa Moon, Russell Falcon, Nexstar Media Wire

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(WREG) – The dark tint coat of the windows may not be enough to hide your belongings inside your vehicle. Police say thieves can use cellphone cameras to peek through tinted windows.

Police in Memphis, Tennessee recently warned residents that the tint of your windows doesn’t matter – when you put a cellphone in camera mode up to the glass, you can see through it.

Nexstar’s WREG employees put a cellphone in front of a car’s rear window as a test and could see everything from the backseat of the vehicle.

(Photo WREG)
(Photo WREG)

Literature on “hacking” is quite sparse online, likely due to the potentially illegal nature of peeking through someone’s windows to see their stuff. Many Reddit users also took note, although most commenters on the /LifeProTips subreddit agreeing that it was a shady practice.

With the increasing advancements in mobile technology, phone cameras can do more than just take pictures. Some features allow users to search the Internet in real time for anything the camera is pointing to or translate text instantly. Capabilities depend on phone models and app installs, of course.

Memphis police, meanwhile, are urging vehicle owners not to leave valuables in their cars, or at least not in view of potential burglars. The department added that theft from motor vehicles is the leading non-violent crime that occurs daily in Memphis, with thieves likely looking for purses, valuables or even firearms that can be sold on the street. for a quick profit.

Police also recommend locking your car doors whenever you leave the vehicle unattended and parking in a well-lit area. If there is a gun in the car, make sure it is securely stored in a locked box. Car alarms can also be useful, as well as cameras around your home, which can catch potential thieves.

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