Police swarm on Kardashian family

Last updated 09:56 21/01/2013
Kim Kardashian
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Los Angeles sheriff’s officials are hunting for the person who sent police and Swat teams racing to the former home of the Kardashian family, sparking fears for the stars’ safety.

Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said it's too soon to tell whether the reality TV stars are the latest victims of so-called "swatting", a hoax intended to get officers, including specialised Swat teams, sent to a home.

Deputies responded to the call on Friday (local time) at a house where the Kardashians formerly lived, Whitmore said. After finding the house empty, the deputies contacted the family and went to their new home, he said. They found no crime had been committed and no arrests were made.

Kim Kardashian, who was not home at the time, decried the hoax on Twitter, calling it "dangerous" and "not a joke".

Kardashian said her mother called her after at least 15 officers arrived on their doorstep.

Whitmore said sheriff's officials and other California law enforcement agencies will lobby state lawmakers to make "swatting" a felony.

Authorities are investigating "scores" of similar cases across the state, he said. In some instances, the hoaxers use technology that makes it appear that the calls are made from the homes where police are sent, according to Whitmore.

Police last week responded to a false report of an armed robbery at Tom Cruise's Beverly Hills home. In December, a boy was arrested after police said he made calls that reported violence at the homes of Justin Bieber and Ashton Kutcher.

Kim Kardashian is the star of the E! Entertainment Television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the network's top-rated show. She also appears on other shows involving her family.

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