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2019 Ford F-150 Stolen With Mind-Blowing Speed: Video

Modern vehicles provide a whole host of tangible benefits for their owners, like advanced safety, seamless Bluetooth integration, and cutting edge performance. But there’s an emerging consensus that contemporary vehicle electronic systems may be getting easier to exploit, thus making them especially vulnerable to somewhat sophisticated car thieves. A recent video showing a 2019 Ford F-150 getting stolen in a very rapid manner suggests that this might be the new reality for late model vehicle owners, although the exact method used to abduct the pickup is still being investigated.

As previously reported by Ford Authority, the F-Series is highly coveted by car thieves in the U.S. and Canada. Although models older than the 2019 Ford F-150 are being stolen more frequently, newer trucks are getting stolen too. Either way, vehicle brigands in both countries generally view the F-Series pickup as a highly desirable target. And there are new ways those will ill intentions can get into a new car without breaking glass or resorting to hotwiring, making vehicle thefts easier than ever.

Last year, a security researcher discovered that several 2019 model year Ford vehicles like the Ford F-150 Raptor and Ford Mustang Bullitt possessed a unique vulnerability that allowed him to intercept the radio transmissions emitted by their key fobs. By gaining access to those signals, a person could theoretically fool a car into thinking it was being legitimately accessed.

While it isn’t clear if that type of security exploit was used in this specific instance, the rapid pace at which the 2019 Ford F-150 was illegally obtained suggests the thief was something more than a cut-rate criminal. The theft took place during the evening of December 27th, 2020 in Caledon, Ontario. In the video, it appears the thief uses some sort of device to get into the truck and drive off without activating its anti-theft system.

The speed at which the thief was able to do it would have made the group of professional car thieves in “Gone in 60 Seconds” blush. According to the police, the owners locked the truck and possessed all of its keys at the time it was taken. While a corrupt employee at a Ford dealership could theoretically reproduce a legitimate key if they had the VIN, the likelihood of that happening is probably remote, no pun intended.

Hopefully, the method employed by this enterprising individual is discovered as quickly as possible and address if/as needed.

We’ll follow up as we learn more, so subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series news, Ford F-150 news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

Ed owns a 1986 Ford Taurus LX, and he routinely daydreams about buying another one, a fantasy that may someday become a reality.

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  1. Samuel

    Maybe that’s why it’s the most stolen vehicle. Seems very easy to do. But maybe Ford wants it that way; that way they have the bragging rights that people steal their trucks as if they want them, but the real reason being that they are the easiest to take.

  2. Leon Jones

    I dream the people that design and engineer theses vehicles get a computer shoved up their behinds and catch an incurable V.D. from their significant other. Then spend their remaining days working at a flat rate shop.

  3. Jordie

    They made it easy for repo man. But its also easy for ripoff man. Why a backdoor for anything which needs to be secure is a loosing proposition.

  4. Frank

    I’m surprised that this technology wasn’t used a long time ago…. Oh wait it is the same technology that allows people to steal your wireless garage door signal and your Wi-Fi signal just adapted to a vehicle. This technology has been around for a long time.
    Can’t believe nobody’s incorporated a actual key along with the radio signal so you would still have to pick the lock after gaining access.

  5. Robert

    At college 30+ years ago my roommate built a frequency emmiter, similar to what’s being used today. Uh, yeah it’s around and easy to build. Ford has a flaw with the number system on the door as well. The original access number cannot be deleted or changed. The only way that I found to stop entry is to disconnect the battery and use a key to open the door. Ancient systems thinking.

  6. Ron

    My mom and I both changed our numbers on our key pads, it was easy as per the directions in the manual. F150 Limited and on an Escape Titanium.

  7. John L.

    Don’t want your truck stolen? Buy a Ram, they’re plagued with problems. Nobody wants to steal a truck that’ll break down.

  8. John Chisholm

    It looks pretty simple to me. I betting this truck was service shortly before the theft and a duplicate fob was made. Check the last time and place the truck was serviced.

  9. Erik Ross

    But all this trucks have GPS tracking right on your phone. They will know exactly where he took the truck.

  10. RC Mills

    I have a 2022 F150 on order and being that this will be my first vehicle anyone would want to steal and will cost more than I paid for my house I am concerned about what I can do , outside normal common sense things, to keep my truck in my hands.


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