“Alarming” incident in city car park remains a mystery

September 8, 2014

Police investigating an incident which took place at Damolly Retail Park last Tuesday afternoon where a number of car alarms were set off and several motorists reported being unable to start their vehicles say they have no evidence that a code reading scam is in operation in the Newry area.

It is understood that at least 13 vehicles presented problems with car alarms going off and owners having difficulties unlocking and starting the vehicles. Many were concerned that the incident bore all the hallmarks of a key code interceptor device being used in the area.

E District Crime Prevention Officer, Lisa Sherman, said police were aware of an alleged scam where criminals are using key code readers to ascertain the codes of remote locking systems but added that there was no evidence that a scam of this nature was in operation in the Newry area at this stage.

The officer gave some advice to the public to avoid falling prey to this type of scam.

“We would advise that you use a key to lock your vehicle if possible, rather than remote locking,” she said. “Alternatively you can manually lock your car by pressing the lock button inside your car. We would also advise that you do not leave valuables on display in your car. If you have concerns or believe this scam is in operation, please contact police immediately.”

Police can be contacted on the 101 non-emergency number or 999 in an emergency.