Two thieves in Epping, Essex, United Kingdom attempted to steal a Tesla vehicle with an Ipad, but they must be new to the job since they seemed to have not known how to press the button to release the charging cable. If they would have driven off with the cable still attached, it would have likely ripped it out of the wall as a direct result of the tension being put on it.
The way in which they actually got into the car's tech was simply walking around the vehicle while searching for the signal emitted by the key fob. Once found, they relayed the signal to the car, which made it think that the owner was trying to get in.
What this means is that the key fob option, that allows the car to unlock itself when the owner walks near it, was enabled.
In fact, you can see their efforts in a YouTube video posted by the owner. So, it's possible that the two suspects will find themselves being arrested rather quickly, especially since one of them seems to have not worn a mask.
According to Driving, Tesla does have a few forms of protection to help prevent thefts like this one. There's a little something known as a PIN to Drive. Basically, after getting in the car, you'd need to enter a pin on the touch screen before being able to enjoy the ride. If the pin is incorrect, you wouldn't be able to even start the car. There's also another level of security for Tesla owners. It's known as a Faraday pouch and works by blocking all signals from the fob. However, despite Tesla's many options, the owner of this Tesla vehicle did not take part in the security features available to them.
What this shows the world is that everyone has to take safety into their own hands. Whether it be putting the car in a garage for the night or simply using all available security options. It also shows everyone that even expensive and high tech vehicles are not immune to the world of theft.