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Car-theft kit for sale on Amazon: How web giants are 'helping criminals' buy devices that can be used to steal vehicles for as little as £100 (4 Pics)

KITS that allow thieves to steal cars are still being sold online for as little £100 — as a police commissioner said retailers are "helping criminals".
Web shopping giants eBay and Amazon are selling the devices that can hack into blank key fobs allowing them to start a car.
A crime commissioner accused ‘irresponsible’ web retailers of helping criminals, saying the devices should be taken off sale


That is despite reports from last month showing how the technique can be used on popular family cars as well as on posh Range Rovers and luxury BMWs.
Customers are brazenly boasting online of how effective they are at starting keyless motors — with one writing "a list of vehicles I have used this on".
Peter Thompson from car recovery specialists Cantrack Global told The Daily Mail: "Amazon and eBay are unwittingly making the availability of the latest electronic attack tools freely available to anyone — and on a next day delivery basis".
The paper tested out a £130 fob hacking device after breaking into a Ford Fiesta — Britain's best-selling car — using a £21 lock pick also bought from Amazon.

Gaining access: The lock pick, to be used of Fords, can be bought for £21


It was able to start the test car and drive off in under two minutes.
David Jamieson, police and crime commissioner of the West Midlands, said: "Somebody could have bought a gizmo, ordered it last night, have it delivered this morning and be stealing your car with it today.
"The fact they have yet to respond or take them down means they’re helping criminals – and it’s irresponsible of them to do so."
Amazon declined to comment while the Home Office said evidence of widespread use of key programmers by car thieves is "limited".
eBay said it had a policy against selling lock-picking devices.
A spokesman said: "We will continue to remove them, they are prohibited on our site. Thanks for bringing this to our attention."
A blank key and the real key are almost identical

Reprogramming devices can help change the settings of the keys

Police warned keyless car thefts are becoming an "epidemic" across Britain with offences tripling in the worst-hit areas.
Mr Jamieson said last month: "This problem is getting worse everywhere with big urban areas.
"This is making our lives really difficult. It’s sucking up loads of police time that should be dealing with other more serious crime."


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