Myth prompts car crime rise

The rise in the theft of car radios in Cheshire is being blamed on an urban myth that is being circulated that the radios in Ford Focus cars contain special computer chips that can be removed and used to obtain free satellite television channels when the chips are attached to a Sky receiver.

Feb 22, 2007
By David Howell
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The rise in the theft of car radios in Cheshire is being blamed on an urban myth that is being circulated that the radios in Ford Focus cars contain special computer chips that can be removed and used to obtain free satellite television channels when the chips are attached to a Sky receiver.

A spokesman for Cheshire Police said that the rumours were complete nonsense, but this hasn’t stopped the theft of twenty-five car radios over the last month.

The spokesman said: “The rumour seems to re-emerge every few years. We believe it’s doing the rounds at the moment and radios are being stolen because the thieves believe they can get hold of this chip. The whole story is complete nonsense. No doubt the thieves, or the people they sell the radios to, will soon get the message and will give up, but at the moment it`s persisting.”

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