Online retailers `irresponsible´ for selling car theft tool, police say

Police have called on Amazon and eBay to stop selling hi-tech tools which are feared to be helping drive up vehicle thefts.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has written to the online internet giants to say it “is not responsible” for them to openly sell a key programmers tool which has become a favourite among criminals.

They work by taking information from the car’s on-board computer, before uploading it to a blank key.

Once the new key has been cloned the criminal can drive off with the car.

Mr Jamieson urged the firms to ban the devices as vehicle thefts are now reaching epidemic proportions.

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