CAR THEFT

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Once again our news head­lines are dom­i­nated by the ever-in­creas­ing in­ci­dents of car theft, most of­ten now from the owner’s home or garage.

I have been led to be­lieve that the en­gines of all re­cently man­u­fac­tured cars are con­trolled by a small com­puter un­der the bon­net. Chips in this com­puter con­trol most as­pects of the car’s oper­a­tion. In­clud­ing the ig­ni­tion.

Why doesn’t the gov­ern­ment man­date that all new cars en­ter­ing this coun­try must be equipped with a chip that re­sponds to an in­di­vid­ual, unique pass­word that al­lows the owner to dis­able the car’s ig­ni­tion by sim­ply send­ing a sig­nal to it by mo­bile phone?

This sim­ple sys­tem would work as well as what we used to do in the old days – take the ro­tor but­ton out of the dis­tributer. PETER BEATTS, Ma­reeba

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