There has been a jump in the number of break-ins and thefts of Audis in the Omaha metro area. Officer Michael Pecha says thieves have figured out Audi’s emergency key system.
Audi owners receive a plastic wallet key that can be used to unlock the vehicle if the regular key fob cannot be used. Inside the glove box there is an emergency key holster-fob. Neither the key nor the fob alone can start the engine but when the wallet key is put into the holster, it will function as a normal key.
Officer Pecha says many owners keep both the plastic key and the holster/fob stored together in the glove box. Thieves are breaking a window to get access to the car and driving off. He says there has also been an increase in the number of destruction of property reports from Audi owners after thieves broke windows to see of the two items were stored together.
The Audis that have this emergency key system are the late models A4, S4, A5, S5 and Q5.