Here’s a tip for prospective vandals: Avoid Teslas.
Thanks to Tesla’s Sentry mode — which activates the car’s cameras when there’s a disturbance, such as an attempted break-in — two Sacramento, Calif., men could soon face legal consequences for keying an unattended Model 3.
Here’s the video that went viral overnight:
According to the local news, the owner says he had no idea what happened until he saw the footage. He filed a police report and estimated the damage to his vehicle at more than $2,000. The two men have yet to be identified.
Electrek points out that keying a car could result in costly fines on top of the damage, and, in some cases, is punishable by up to a year in county jail.
This isn’t the first time Tesla Sentry mode has come through for owners. Last month, a woman was reportedly arrested in another keying incident, and before that, a group of teens in a Cadillac SUV were caught egging a Model 3 while it was charging at a Supercharger station in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Tesla TSLA, -0.48% shares have lost more than 20% over the past year, and a third of their value in 2019. This despite gains in the broader market. At last check, the stock was down another 1% at $230.