INSIDE Britain’s richest postcode a Grand Theft Auto-style hellscape of supercar thefts has erupted.
Ferraris and Range Rovers are stolen in “15 seconds” by criminals using £10 key jammers bought online – bragging about their crimes on TikTok.
While balaclava-clad moped gangs armed with machetes have even sliced £100k luxury watches off wrists of the uber-rich.
And it’s all happening in Chelsea, West London – recently revealed as the most expensive place to live in the UK.
James Thompson, chair of heritage group The Chelsea Society, said: “We have had a spate of machete guys going for women and taking their watches.
“One happened right opposite, they said ‘if you don’t give us your ring we’ll cut your fingers off’.”
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And while the average house costs a monstrous £1,203,055, Chelsea residents insist all that glitters is not gold.
On Tite Street, Britain’s most expensive where houses sell for an average £30 million, one home had a private security team and a guard dog squad.
And crime in the area is getting worse, many say.
Chauffeur Asen says one of his clients was robbed at knife point for a gold £100,000 Patek Philippe as he sat outside a posh cafe.
Recalling the 2021 horror, he said: “They passed about two or three times, then all of a sudden they stopped.
“One of the guys took the knife, faced him and said ‘give me the watch’.
“He put the knife into his wrist and slit the strap, he had like twelve stitches after.”
Asen alleges the incident left the man so scarred he went home and sold his entire £1.5million watch collection.
Watch theft is not the only scourge hammering the loaded locals of Chelsea.
One woman said a burglar made off with £20,000 worth of goods in a “highly intelligent” 30-minute invasion on her house six months ago.
She recalled: “They looked carefully at every window and came in.
“He went through every drawer starting from the bottom to top in order to take everything with minimal contact. He didn’t open any closed door.
“He got jewellery, watches, three computers. He broke one geranium. That was the only evidence he left.”
Police were “mesmerised” at how clinical the burglary was, admitting it would have been conducted by professional criminals.
No one was ever caught.
She also had a Mini Cooper nicked from outside her house and just last year thugs stole her Land Rover in “15 seconds” with a cloning kit.
The equipment can scan a house for a car key and once picked up, mimics the key, giving access to a car.
High-end car theft has become a major issue in London, with seven Ferraris stolen in Kensington and Chelsea in July alone.
Thefts were partly driven by a ransom-wear hack of the Italian supercar giants IT systems earlier this year.
One viral TikTok revealed a balaclava-clad thug gloating “no one’s out here doing it like me bruv” as he roars down a Central London street in a stolen Ferrari.
He put the knife into his wrist and slit the strap, he had like twelve stitches after
Chauffeur Asen Vladimirov recalling a Patek Philippe robbery
Another video shows a £250,000 Ferrari 812 broken into and driven off in just 30 seconds.
Other Ring doorbell footage shows thieves peering into luxury cars parked up on a Chelsea street in broad daylight.
They use a torch to peek through tinted windows of a high end Tesla before casually walking off.
James Thompson said car theft is now so regular in the so-called Royal Borough that residents tell him they keep keys in metal containers to avoid key scanners.
The car theft spate is having far-reaching issues which has left Geoff Waters in a pickle.
The 81-year-old was told by underwriters he can’t insure his £125,000 Porsche Boxster convertible until it’s fitted with a tracker.
The Chelsea resident of 45-years explained: “I understand from people talking that there is a problem with high-end cars in this area.
“It’s [tracker] the only way I can get insurance with Porsche. They obviously thought there was a problem.
“It’s going to be about £690.”
According to the Sunday Star, car insurers have told owners that the pinched vehicles are being shipped to Russia due to a shortage of new cars.
The Metropolitan Police have been approached for comment.