HC Deb 23 April 1993 vol 223 c213W
Mr. Mills

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to counter the use of electronic devices which record and can replicate remote control car unlocking systems; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Jack

We are aware that devices which are capable of recording and replicating remote controlled car locking systems have recently been advertised on the British market. We are actively looking into their availability and effectiveness with a view to assessing what action may be required.

The motor manufacturers and the vehicle security industry are also aware of the capabilities of these devices and are working to improve the security of their products to counter the threat posed by this technology.

It may reassure my hon. Friend to know that it is already an offence under section 25 of the Theft Act 1968 to carry equipment for use in any burglary or theft. This would cover the use of these particular devices by car thieves and, upon conviction, an offender is liable to imprisonment for up to three years.