Audi owner stuns burglar asking ‘can I help you’ via doorbell alarm

‘Can I help you?’: Moment bungling key-less car thief struggling to use laptop to steal £39,000 Audi outside home is interrupted by its owner using doorbell app… and leaves empty-handed

  • Mike Smith, 36, has stopped a would-be thief from breaking into his Audi S3 
  • He received an alert on his phone notifying him that someone was at his door  
  • The business analyst, from Sydenham, saw the man scrolling a tablet screen 
  • He can be heard asking the man ‘can I help you?’ before he quickly walks off
  • Mr Smith said he believes the man was trying to steal his keyless car  

A would-be thief has left empty handed after an Audi owner spotted him trying to break into his car on surveillance app.

Business analyst Mike Smith, 36, was at a nightclub in Dalston when he received an alert on his phone notifying him that someone was outside his door in Sydenham, south east London on Saturday.

‘I answered it and could see someone was there. I saw the laptop and thought that’s a bit weird,’ he said.

Footage from the surveillance shows the man staring at a laptop before separating the tablet screen and scrolling.

Business analyst Mike Smith startled a would-be thief from breaking into his Audi S3 (seen parked left) after a security app on his phone notified him that someone was outside his Sydenham door at 2am on Saturday  

After a few moments Mr Smith interrupts him through the alarm system: ‘I said, “Hi, can I help you?” And he started to walk off. Watching it back he didn’t seem to know what he was doing.’

He said he thought the bungling bugler was trying to steal his car, an Audi S3 valued at £39,015.

‘I know with cars with keyless entry, you can swipe the code needed if the key is not secured in your house in a steel box,’ he explained.

Fortunately for him the burglar failed to work out the car needed a key.


Mr Smith said: ‘I answered it (the notification) and could see someone was there. I saw the laptop and thought that’s a bit weird.’ Footage from the surveillance shows the man staring at a laptop before separating the tablet screen and scrolling

A few moments later Mr Smith can be heard interrupting: ‘I said, “Hi, can I help you?” And he started to walk off. Watching it back he didn’t seem to know what he was doing.’ He said he thought the bungling bugler was trying to steal his car, an Audi S3 valued at £39,015

Mr Smith said he had only installed the motion activated CCTV on his door a couple weeks earlier, otherwise he may have missed the intruder.

The camera allows homeowners to talk to people outside their house remotely, through an app.

As criminals become more sophisticated, keyless cars are increasingly becoming targets for the crooks who use signals from the key in the victim’s house to trick the car into thinking the key is inside.

A report by Which? at the start of this year found most of the country’s best-selling keyless cars are at risk.

MailOnline has approached Met Police for comment.  

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