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Wannabe thief caught on camera trying to steal Darwen mum’s car

A Darwen man has issued a warning after catching a wannabe thief trying to steal his mum’s car.

Calvin Haynes was shocked to see the brazen would-be thief trying the handles of his mum’s Ford Fiesta which was parked outside her home in Rudyard Drive.

The man, who is white and wearing a dark hat, light colored trousers, a dark coat with a lighter colored collar and trainers, was caught on Calvin’s mum’s doorbell camera which have proved invaluable to police in detecting and investigating burglaries and thefts.

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The incident was recorded at around 4am in the early hours of Tuesday (January 25). Fortunately the thief didn’t manage to gain access to the car.

“More people need to be made aware of these things and need to be making sure they lock their car and house doors,” Calvin told LancsLive.

One of Calvin’s neighbors told him her dog had started barking around 10 minutes earlier which alerted her to any potential intruder. Although Calvin’s mum hasn’t reported the incident to police he has shared screenshots from the video on social media in a bid to warn others.

One neighbor said: “My dog ​​started barking early hours around 4am, I went downstairs and she had her head round the curtain, she never barks at night or pops her head around the curtain, Blackburn Road area, very suspicious.”

Car thieves are using sophisticated methods to steal vehicles including cloning car keys.

Despite this form of theft being an increasingly common method employed by criminals, 42 per cent of UK drivers don’t understand what key cloning is or how it works, according to research by GoCompare.

Thieves clone the signal from a car’s remote key fob in a method known as a relay attack. This uses two receivers/transmitters which intercept then relay the signal from the key. The first unit intercepts the unique signal from the key, even through a house wall, and transmits it to the second unit held close to the car. This sends the cloned signal to the car, fooling the security system into thinking the key is nearby and allowing it to be unlocked and started.

Lancashire Police provided the following car crime safety advice:

“Never leave items on display, such as shopping bags, handbags, or coats. Don’t leave spare keys or sat navs in your vehicle, even in the glove box. At home, don’t leave car keys in clear view from windows or in reach from the letter box.Hook and canes can be used to steal keys through letter boxes.High value and performance cars can be specifically targeted for this type of crime.

“Never leave the engine running, especially in frosty weather, car thieves know that people do this. If you use your vehicle for work, remove your tools or other valuables if possible. Simple things like reversing onto the drive so that the rear doors on a van can’t be opened easily will help to put thieves off.

“Park where the vehicle can be well seen, even if it means walking a bit further. Don’t park behind bushes, walls or large vehicles because this gives criminals somewhere to hide. At night try to park in residential areas because people are more likely to be at home not at work.When using a car park, remove all items on display and think out when you will be returning to the car – will it be dark, if so there is a safer area to park nearer to a street light.

“Consider using steering locks, alarms, tracking devices and immobilisers. Store your keys away from household entry points. Keeping your keyless entry fob out of sight is not enough – thieves only need to get close to the key to amplify the signal. Faraday Bags can be used to shield your key and will prevent your signal being intercepted and your vehicle stolen.

“Despite social media or public opinion DO NOT leave keys in the fridge, microwave or a tin as this may do more damaged to the key and is unlikely to be effective. Use anti-tamper or security screws on your registration plate – they can be easily fitted but can’t be removed using standard tools.These area available from various online retailers, DIY and vehicle maintenance stores.HGVs and plant are often targeted for diesel theft.Devices are available to buy to help combat this however good security of compounds , lighting, good quality CCTV and natural surveillance will all help to deter this type of crime.”

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