Tesla owner helps police capture carjacking suspect by using app to lock him in the vehicle

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One of the benefits of a Tesla vehicle is being able to remotely access it from anywhere around the world using Tesla’s mobile app. That feature came in particularly handy for an owner in California after someone tried to hijack his vehicle.

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The attempted carjacking occurred on May 8, 2020 when the suspect approached the victim and made him get out of the car. With some quick thinking on the part of the victim, he used his mobile phone to remotely lock the car and disable the car (via VVNG).

Like most people who are attempting to get out a Tesla Model 3 for the first time, he couldn’t figure out how to unlock and open the doors, trapping him inside the vehicle.

The victim then called the Barstow Police Department, who arrived to find the suspect still in the drivers seat of the car, and proceeded to arrest him for carjacking and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

This is not the first time a Tesla owner has used the mobile app to help authorities locate their vehicle or help apprehend a suspect. Tesla vehicles are also some of the most challenging to steal, and even if they do, thanks to the tracking feature in the app, they are recovered more than 95% of the time.

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