Ford Focus Quick Response Team
Ford Focus Rapid Response Team Ford Focus Rapid Response Team
The discreet monitoring center of the Caesar-Satellite company (CA) in the sleeping area of St. Petersburg does not seem to be distinguished from the usual technical equipment of a car dealer. Spacious client room with accessories for tuning, expensive cars in the parking lot, entrance to the service area on the left, entrance to the office part on the right.
It seems to be nothing remarkable. But every professional hijacker of the city knows this building well, and would have given it dearly for learning more about the processes inside it. For several hours we have such an opportunity, although we are not going to steal cars.
Monitoring Center Monitoring Center
The head of the St. Petersburg branch of the Central Administration, Vasily Kursin, begins his report with statistics: “During the company’s work (since 1997 - Driving), about 3, 740 cars worth more than 6.91 billion rubles were returned, 220 robberies were prevented.”
From left to right: Ivan Zverev, head of the Security Department of Caesar-Satellite State Corporation, Vasily Kursin, head of Caesar-Satellite North-West, head of the 22nd criminal police department of the Central Internal Affairs Directorate of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region Sergey Sushkov From left to right: Ivan Zverev, Head of the Security Department of the Caesar-Satellite State Corporation, Vasily Kursin, Head of the Caesar-Satellite North-West, Head of the 22nd Criminal Police Department of the Central Internal Affairs Directorate of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region Sergey Sushkov
Behind the dry numbers is a story of hard work. Now in Caesar they consider their St. Petersburg department to be exemplary, but seven years ago the situation with the thefts was very difficult. To say that the criminal business was roofed by the security forces - to say nothing.
“When we found a stolen car in one of the closed garages and called the police department operatives for an autopsy, a police officer came to us and offered money so that we could leave there for a while,” recalls Ivan Zverev, head of the security department of the Central Administration.
The garage belonged to a "difficult person", so the criminals in uniform were most interested in its safety. Having been refused, they even threw the keys through the watchman to the entrance to prevent Caesar’s employees from mutilating the iron door of the Bulgarian.
Zverev has a lot of such stories in stock. There was information that the thieves will be transporting the stolen Bentley to Moscow. They searched the car from the very beginning and drove along the entire route, periodically reporting the coordinates to the employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Despite this, the foreign car unhindered came to the capital and, most likely, would have quietly entered the "sump" if Zverev, a former FSB officer, had not personally intervened in this matter. He managed to contact the traffic police post on the Moscow Ring Road, after which the car was finally detained.
Monitoring Center Operators
Operators of the monitoring center Operators of the monitoring center
The “Caesar” assures that now in St. Petersburg they managed to prevent the crime from teaming up with the hijacking operatives. Thanks to the company's active petitions, dishonest operatives lost their posts or went to jail.
The computer program analyzes the readings of the car’s sensors and the driver’s behavior and then issues the status of the car
The computer program analyzes the readings of the car’s sensors and the driver’s behavior and then gives the status of the car. The computer program analyzes the readings of the car’s sensors and the driver’s behavior and then gives the status of the car
With those who remained, Caesar’s security service works very tightly. They can pick up on a call at one in the morning. An interaction scheme has been worked out in which the possibility of information leakage to criminals is minimized.
And here are the hands
Criminals are technological people, they are dealing with equipment whose price on the black market reaches $ 20 thousand. A real pro thief, as a rule, specializes in one model.
Code grabber and hacked engine control unit
Code grabber and hacked engine control unit Code grabber and hacked engine control unit
The scheme of hijacking a foreign car equipped with a satellite anti-theft system is a carefully staged action. First, the offender using the code grabber "reads" the signal from the key fob of the owner of the machine.
In this case, criminal programmers have made unprecedented progress: a hacker gadget can be disguised as an ordinary car keychain or even a TV remote control.
The employee "Caesar Satellite" took on the role of the hijacker The employee "Caesar Satellite" took on the role of the hijacker
The best examples of grabbers are able to recognize the alarm coding algorithm of the leading automakers and create the correct key based on it. When the alarm is neutralized, the standard immobilizer is deleted, and thieves are put in place of the "native" engine control unit.
All this can happen in broad daylight. For example, this way: several people, like owners, walk busily around a foreign car, as if loading things into it in front of a long road. At the same time, their accomplice secretly rummages through the wiring, looking for anti-theft and a connector for entering a regular computer.
Object disappeared from radar screen
Any car can be stolen, and we were convinced of this during the theft of the Mazda6 car staged for journalists. After five minutes of operation, the foreign car is hacked. “Here, we can see how the car moves,” - says an employee of the security department of the monitoring center.
The car went … The car went …
On his computer screen, a green dot moves on an electronic map. But suddenly the point freezes in one place for a long 5 minutes. It would seem that hijackers should not be pierced like that. “There's a long traffic light,” reassures Caesar's employee. It turned out that the car was lost …
The arrow indicates the point on the map denoting the Mazda 6
The arrow indicates the point on the map denoting the Mazda 6 The arrow indicates the point on the map denoting the Mazda 6
Here it is necessary to explain: according to the scenario of the company, it was assumed that the alleged criminals would not know about the satellite anti-theft or would ignore it. Therefore, our colleague, who asked to be hijacked and then turned on the “jammers” of GSM and GPS signals, instantly rewrote the scenario of a show hijacking.
But the picture of theft was the closest to reality. "Jamers" drowning out anti-theft signals are low-cost devices and they are probably in the arsenal of every autor. On average, a set to counteract GPS and GSM positioning signals will cost 5-6 thousand rubles.
However, Caesar’s employees claim that nothing new has happened to them. “They simply would not have found the car that day, but after 1-2 weeks,” Zverev assured. According to him, there remains one more way to find the car after it is hidden in a "sump", from where the GPS and GSM sensors cannot transmit the signal.
Mazda was found in garages on the outskirts of St. Petersburg. Once there was a real "settler", where it was found about a dozen stolen cars
Mazda was found in garages on the outskirts of St. Petersburg. Once there was a real "sedimentation tank" where about a dozen stolen cars were found. Mazda was found in garages on the outskirts of St. Petersburg. Once there was a real "settler", where it was found about a dozen stolen cars
To do this, the rapid response team travels around potential areas where they can keep the car. On board a radio search device that is looking for a connection with a stolen car sensor. True, the direction finding radius is small - 200–250 meters. But the powerful walls of garages and concrete parking lots are no longer a problem.
But there is a nuance here: a “muffled” car can be overtaken and hidden in another region where Caesar does not have its own search team. Moreover, even traffic police will not help, because in Russia there is still no normal base for hijacking. For example, in the Leningrad region, field investigators will immediately receive data on the car, and in the Tver region in a day. During this time, bandits will be able to drive through several areas.
Sellers of satellite systems see their main task not in preventing theft, but in making it economically unprofitable. After all, until the criminals remove the "bugs" from the car, they are at risk.
Frames of operational shooting. Criminals searched for bugs
Frames of operational shooting. Criminals were looking for "bugs" Footage of operational shooting. Criminals searched for bugs
In order to find a well-hidden sensor, expensive foreign cars are literally dismantled to the ground. Which, of course, affects the cost of the entire event - unless, of course, we are talking about selling a car for spare parts.
If you believe the statistics of the Caesar Satellite, then such a strategy brings results. For 2010 in Russia there were 478 attempts to steal a car with their system, of which criminals were able to steal only 46 cars.
At the beginning of the year, a wave of theft of the BMW X6 swept across Peter
At the beginning of the year, a wave of theft of the BMW X6 swept across Peter