Car key cloning fears on new estate
RESIDENTS fear prowling criminals could be using ‘cloning devices’ to commit vehicle crime at a new housing estate.
Rossendale Police issued a warning to motorists urging them to be vigilant after a ‘spate of overnight vehicle crime’ at Dale Moor View Estate in Rawtenstall, from which an Audi Q5 was stolen and several cars were ‘rummaged through’.
Officers have been patrolling the new development since the incidents on Wednesday, November 1, and people are being advised to lock their vehicles and to report any ‘suspicious’ people looking into cars.
Residents on the estate say they believe that ‘cloning devices’ are being used to copy electronic key fobs to gain access to locked cars - although police have been unable to confirm this.
A victim, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “Somehow he started the vehicle from the passenger side in the glove box. It’s a nightmare because I had got three car seats in there for young children. I am out of pocket.”
He added: “The police seem to think they have a device that’s quite common, they can just press a button and send a signal to the fob in my house and then open the car. There seems to be a lot of break ins up at the estate at the moment.
“They might just see it as an easy target to get in and out of.”
Longholme councillor Steve Hughes said: “This is really concerning and I am pleased that the police have committed to increasing their patrols in the area.
“I will raise this issue directly with the local PCSOs. The idea that cloning devices are being used is really worrying and needs investigating.”
A police spokesperson said: “Officers have been asked to ensure the area and estate are patrolled overnight to deter criminals while enquiries into the crimes already committed are undertaken.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.
The Dale Moor View Estate in Rawtenstall