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This page lists a collection of latest news items from around the world. For more news items members can also access the latest issues of our APB and Auto Theft Today publications from the resources page.

2017 Hot Wheels

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released its annual Hot Wheels report, which identifies the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States. The report examines vehicle theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and determines the vehicle make, model and model year most reported stolen in…

The new motorway robbery: 6 suspects arrested in France and Poland for EUR 1.5 million cargo robbery

With the support of Europol and Eurojust, the French Gendarmerie and Polish Criminal Police have dismantled an organised crime group suspected of having committed at least 36 cargo thefts for a total estimated damage of EUR 1.5 million. 15 properties were searched simultaneously this week in Gorzow (Poland) and Nancy (France), and 3 suspects arrested in each…

Hackers Can Steal a Tesla Model S in Seconds by Cloning Its Key Fob

A team of researchers at the KU Leuven University in Belgium on Monday plan to present a paper at the Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems conference in Amsterdam, revealing a technique for defeating the encryption used in the wireless key fobs of Tesla's Model S luxury sedans. With about $600 in radio and computing equipment, they can wirelessly read signals from a nearby Tesla owner's fob. Less than two seconds of computation…

California Governor Signs Law Reducing Wait Time to Track Stolen Vehicles

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation allowing car rental companies to use GPS surveillance on vehicles that have not been returned within 72 hours after the contract return date or extension of the return date. Rather than having to wait five days to report a vehicle stolen and seven days to locate the vehicle using GPS, AB2620, introduced by Bay Area Assemblymember Phil Ting in February, significantly reduces the time…

Dark web identity theft used to steal accident replacement hire cars

Criminals are stealing accident replacement hire cars by using stolen identities obtained on the dark web. The latest case saw fraudsters using stolen identities – offered for sale on the dark web – to report a collision between a Mercedes S-Class and a Range Rover Evoque in South East London. After securing a high value replacement car, the thieves crossed the border and took it to Brussels. The stolen vehicle was recovered after…

Delhi government may use Microdot technology to curb motor vehicle thefts

The Delhi government's home department is looking at a 'microdot technology' to curb incidents of motor vehicle thefts in the city, an official said. In a meeting last month, Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal had instructed authorities to explore the provision of making installation of various safety devices like anti-vehicle theft equipment a "mandatory condition" for registration of vehicles in the national capital. The use of…

Cars with personal plates are TWICE as likely to be stolen

UK:  A survey of 2,000 people conducted by the price comparison website also reveals how many of us like a plate with a personal touch, and what we think of those who have personal plates. Firstly, the thefts. The data shows that cars with personal plates on them are a whopping 50 percent more likely to be stolen. The logic follows that a car with an expensive personal plate on it can look like a double score to a passing thief. Other…

Be discreet when you delete your fleet

Systems in newer cars do a great job keeping you and your employees connected while on the road. But like laptops and smartphones, your company cars may be storing more information than you realize – data that could be accessible to the next person in the driver seat. That could include contact lists and other data downloaded when you synced your phone, log-ins for apps, location data, and even garage entry codes for your office or…

Rare $7 million car taken in 2001 heist is back from Europe but parked by a court fight

If someone stole your car, and 15 years later you saw a stranger driving it, would you have a legal claim to getting it back? For most cars, you probably wouldn't even care by then. But two parties with claims to a $7 million piece of rolling French art stolen from a Milwaukee garage care a lot, and a court in Wisconsin could decide who gets the vehicle, now being sequestered at an East Coast business after shady export from…