Attempted Tesla Model S Break In Thwarted By Flush-Mount Handles – Video

10 months ago by Eric Loveday 19

How Do Theses Handles Work?

How Do Theses Handles Work?

It’s not as though the Tesla Model S was ever in any danger of being stolen (it’s widely considered to be one of the hardest vehicles to steal), but still to see something as simple as door handles thwart a potential thieve is highly entertaining in our eyes.

Video description:

Caught on #NestCam #Tesla #funny #breakin #models

The would-be thief continuously tries to get the doors handles to do something, but we all know that without the key present, those fancy handles will remain flush to the car.

Clearly this is a rookie thief and had he managed to get into the Tesla, we highly doubt he’d have the capability to make it move. Maybe he was just looking to grab something from within?

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19 responses to "Attempted Tesla Model S Break In Thwarted By Flush-Mount Handles – Video"

  1. SparkEV says:

    Lots of “kids” just try the door handle to see if it’s unlocked, and grab what they can once inside. If they really wanted what’s inside, they’d get a rock and smash the windows.

    As for stealing, how would you steal any car that start with a button if you don’t have the dongle? Without the computer, car simply won’t run, gasser or EV.

  2. Kdawg says:

    This is just an opportunist. Always lock your doors (car/house). My car’s doors lock automatically when I walk away.

    1. Unplugged says:

      When I owned a soft top, I never locked my doors. I didn’t leave anything inside, either. But, in my thinking, it was cheaper to have them inside the car than to have them knife the top looking for something that wasn’t inside the car.

  3. Kosh says:

    As an xB owner, I’m insulted that he walked right past the next car……. profiling anyone?

    1. Goaterguy says:

      I saw that too, was funny.

    2. IanL says:

      To me, the car next to it looks like a Volkswagen Polo.
      I’m guessing this is somewhere in Europe, judging by the plate size on the Audi in the background – a wide rectangle, not North American sized at all.
      However, the guy instinctively goes to the left door first, so this probably isn’t Britain.

  4. Goaterguy says:

    We are getting a lot of opportunistic thefts around my neighborhood.

    I like the self locking feature of my Volt as it is the only vehicle that sleeps outside the garage.

  5. GrokGrok says:

    If they really want to make it theft proof, then they should make it a stick shift. (Just joking!)

    1. JustWilliamPDX says:

      Both funny and true. Until I went electric two years ago, I often joked about my manual transmissions being anti-theft devices, and I immediately thought the same thing.

      And now that I think about it, manual shifting is really the only thing I miss.

      1. David Gould says:

        “I often joked about my manual transmissions being anti-theft devices”

        Would that it were so. Our stick shift Honda Accord was stolen twice. The second time I actually heard it start up in the driveway and ran out in time to see it speeding away. I didn’t see the driver, but they seemed to have no trouble driving a stick, so gotta give them some respect.

        On the other hand, my Spark EV has not been stolen, and one pedal driving is so sweet I don’t miss the stick at all.

  6. unlucky says:

    This is stupid. You don’t break into any locked car by pulling the handle.

    Teslas still have glass windows so let’s not pretend they are somehow massively resistant to break-in.

  7. Some Guy says:

    Another dumb article. When the guy finds out about being ridiculed on this website, he might return with a brick.

    1. Some Guy says:

      First of all, why did you steal my nickname?
      Second of all, using a brick makes noise and certainly will raise questions from passers by. Checking for unlocked doors causes far less attention, gives the perp an excuse of just being drunk and looking for his car, limited need for running, and if no one notices the chance to check multiple cars in every road, until he finds one to open.
      Also, it would be very stupid to return with a brick, just for vandalism, when the potential crime scene is under camera supervison.

      1. Koenigsegg says:

        Some Guy is the guy in the video. Now you know the handles don’t retract without the key 🙂

    2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Somehow I rather doubt that this amateur thief is all that worried about his reputation as a professional criminal. 🙄

    3. Me Martin Winlow says:

      Sounds like you might know him!

  8. CellPhoneDude says:

    Or maybe he was getting the VIN number or sniffing radio for UUID info, to test server side attacks on the vehicle….

    These cars systems such as HVAC, infotainment, door locks, brakes, can all be controlled remotely… Google “hacking Tesla door locks” he could have been doing a number of things maybe to get the car to call home? If he had any gear in his pocket I’d wait for the follow up story and lolz, but I could be wrong….

    1. CellPhoneDude says:

      After watching the video, I retract my above statement this guy was just rookie status all around…….. Sigh…

  9. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    “Clearly this is a rookie thief…”

    Amazing as it may seem, in real life few thieves are the highly trained professionals often seen in movies. 😉