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Detroit Police seeing spike in airbag theft

Detroit police announced a significant arrest after a string of car breaks in the downtown area. The department's Commercial Auto Theft Team said they launched a second investigation after an uptick in airbag thefts.   See the video report:…

Now Car Thieves Are Using Wildlife Cameras

Car theft has absolutely skyrocketed throughout 2020, fueled in part by the COVID-19 shutdowns. We’ve seen criminals not only get more aggressive about stealing cars from dealerships and private citizens, but also turn to more creative measures. Now a report out of the UK details out how thieves are using wildlife cameras to stalk and steal classic cars. The scheme often starts with spotters checking out cars at local shows. When they…

Odometer fraud increasing in used-car market, experts warn

Vehicle experts are warning anyone in the market for a used car to be on the lookout for rolled-back odometers, which can trick consumers into believing a car has less mileage or wear and tear than it actually does. According to CARFAX, the number of vehicles on the road with a rolled-back odometer increased in 2020 by 13% compared to the previous year. "If you are shopping for a used car, this should be on your list of things that you are…

4 in 5 vehicle-related thefts happen at night

Vehicle-related thefts increase by 10 percent during longer nights. That’s according to UK car insurance theft claims data for 2019. The report found that around 80 percent of vehicle-related thefts happen during the hours of darkness. Alarmingly, 79 percent of vehicle-related thefts occur at the driver’s home, with vehicles parked on the street (39 percent) most at risk. Despite this, around a quarter (23 percent) of drivers…

Blitz on car theft gangs sees 100s arrested and 1,000+ stolen cars recovered

An operation targeting car theft gangs has netted almost 2,500 suspects this year and led to the recovery of more than 1,000 stolen vehicles. The offensive − named Operation Cantil − uses intelligence-led patrol strategies to ensure officers are in the right place at the right time to target crooks hunting high-value cars. Traffic units work through the night alongside specialist units, including dog teams, to target areas that…

UK cities where catalytic converter theft is most common

The theft of catalytic converters continues to rise across the UK, with the number of devices being stolen increasing six-fold in the last year alone, according to a new study by Compare The Market. With prices of precious metals on the up, criminals are taking more catalytic converters in order to get these materials. Hybrid cars have been a particular focus for criminals, with their lower emissions resulting in less-corroded metals in the…

Carjacking Crackdown

The Minneapolis Police Department and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office say they have joined forces to arrest 50 people in an operation to crack down on carjackings in the city. Chief Medaria Arradondo and Sheriff Dave Hutchinson announced the arrests Tuesday, which were made after a three-day sting operation last week, which also yielded seven stolen vehicles, five guns and a pipe bomb. In total, there were 41 felony arrests and nine…

Holiday heists: Amazon van thefts in St. Paul; $6.6M in Apple products taken in well-planned truck theft

‘Tis the season for vehicle thefts. Though the National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that Christmas has the lowest number of vehicle thefts, days leading up to the present-filled event can still present plenty of risk especially for parcel delivery carriers. In St. Paul, Minnesota thieves stole two Amazon delivery trucks over the weekend within 24 hours. Both trucks were loaded full of packages. One driver was held at gunpoint and…

How car thieves are changing their tactics during the pandemic

HOUSTON – Before the pandemic, a motor vehicle theft occurred about every seven minutes in Texas. Lt. Tommy Hansen, the chair of the Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority, said it is now closer to every six minutes. “We’re just seeing a massive increase in the numbers of thefts,” Hansen said. “We’ve got anywhere from 10% to almost 40% increases in certain areas of the state of Texas.” Read more…

Gangs launching ‘rollover raids’ on 50mph lorries to steal PS5s and cigarettes

Criminal gangs are carrying out daredevil raids on lorries at speeds of up to 50mph - with harnessed crooks clambering out of sunroofs, mounting bonnets and forcing open rear doors. The acrobatic assaults, known as rollovers, had been carried out 27 times to September, with their popularity likely ramping up in the run up to Christmas. High-value goods like PlayStation 5s, TVs and Apple products as well as consignments of booze, cosmetics and…