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Rise in RCMP pursuit collisions prompts policy review

Ten months after worrying he would lose his life in a police chase, RCMP Sgt. Stephen Browne returned to the quiet suburban street in Airdrie, Alta., just outside Calgary, where he and his partner had ended the pursuit.  "I received a crushed tibia plateau on my left leg, torn knee cartilage on my left leg as well," he recalled, surveying the stretch of road where he was injured.  "It hurts when you get run over by a car." Browne is…

3 more charged in ‘identity theft ring’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It's an issue that concerns us all. Constantly, you hear of new ways thieves are trying to steal your identity. Now, an affidavit lays out a case against a group federal investigator's call: 'the identity theft ring'. The group is accused of targeting victims in their own homes, stealing people's "mail, real estate listings, and other public records" to execute its scheme. They reportedly used that…

FBI release 2018 US Crime Statistics

In the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, motor vehicle theft is defined as the theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle. A motor vehicle is defined in the UCR Program as a self-propelled vehicle that runs on land surfaces and not on rails. Examples of motor vehicles include sport utility vehicles, automobiles, trucks, buses, motorcycles, motor scooters, all-terrain vehicles, and snowmobiles. Motor vehicle theft does not…

Car thief Henry Ford arrested in Michigan, officials say

Henry Ford, a notorious car thief wanted for violating his parole, was captured Wednesday morning in southeast Michigan, authorities said. Ford was arrested in Inkster – about 20 miles west of Detroit – around 8:15 a.m., investigators said. He led marshals on a brief car chase before he was stopped, the Detroit Free Press reported Ford had eluded the law since he cut off his ankle tether and mailed it to the state corrections…

Car thieves can steal cars in under a minute with tech sold on Amazon

Today’s cars are equipped with the latest security tech—things like remote locks and even engine immobilizers—but, as a new report shows, it’s actually getting easier to steal vehicles. The weak link in modern car security, according to a new report from the UK’s What Car, are the keyless entry systems and push button ignitions that are so commonplace today. Although those technologies make car ownership more…

Albert Golant Sentenced for Wire Fraud and Tax Fraud Conspiracy

United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger of the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced that on August 5, 2019, the Honorable Pamela Pepper sentenced Albert Golant, aka Alex Golant, (age: 38) of Wales, Wisconsin to 126 months’ imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release for wire fraud and conspiracy to commit tax fraud.  The Court deferred the imposition of a restitution order at this time. Over the course of several…

What Makes Tesla Vehicles So Hard To Steal?

There are obvious answers to the above questions, as well as those that aren't so obvious. Thieves are having a hard time stealing vehicles made by Tesla. According to the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), Tesla's 2016-2018 Model S and Model X was among the least stolen vehicles, only beaten by the BMW 3 series. The institute claims this is due to electric cars typically being stored in garages where they're…