Tesla vehicles have recently been the target of burglary, and the automaker now provides some safety tips to owners to avoid them in the face of a forthcoming new feature.
As previously reported, Tesla vehicles have been the subject of a series of break-ins in recent months as it becomes clear that some thieves are targeting the vehicles in parking lots.
Now, Tesla has reached out to owners to give them security tips via email.
We received reports from Tesla owners in the Los Angeles and Bay Area, where most of the burglaries are reported, about getting these emails over the past week.
Tesla wrote in the email:
As a model 3 owner, you can make the car even safer by enabling multiple security features. To enable these features, go to Controls> Security and Safety on the car's touch screen.
- Station button: requires four-digit confirmation to start the car
- Manual entry: disables passive input via the Tesla app and requires a key input card
- Security alarm: activated when locked luggage compartment or door is opened without a valid input key
These are features that would mostly prevent anyone from stealing the vehicle, but the burglary has mostly been stealing items inside the vehicles or often leaving empty hands but breaking a window.
In the email, Tesla also talks about the upcoming Sentry Mode, a feature that CEO Elon Musk has been hyping in recent months. [1
"Soon, Sentry Mode will be activated on model 3 over the software software and will monitor the car's environment while parked. When a potential threat is detected, the cameras on your car will start recording and the alarm system will Activate. "
It's the property that owners hope will deter burglary, but Tesla gave more advice to then: " Meanwhile, for owners who want to prevent theft, we also recommend removing valuables from your car and Let the rear seats fold with the trunk empty when parked. "
Musk said Tesla could release "Sentry Mode" as soon as this week.
The car manufacturer started pushing a new software update yesterday, but it did not contain the feature.
Tesla also launched a new improved anti-theft system for Model S and Model X to help with the situation.