Car key cloning fears on new es­tate

Rossendale Free Press - - Front Page -

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

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