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The COVID-19 vaccine’s logistics will be targeted. Vet the supply chain.

The arrival and distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine will not be that dissimilar to a new smartphone launch: A significant event that is marked by limited supply with increased product demand, potentially creating a gray market for supplies, particularly in countries with high rates of cargo theft. This kind of large-scale, near-simultaneous delivery of a new product will strain demand for specialized transportation resources, such as…

Vulnerability in Tesla Model X allows car theft in minutes

All a burglar needs is a few minutes and a small set of hardware worth about $300. Lennert Wouters, a security researcher at KU Leuven, a Belgian university, discovered numerous vulnerabilities in Tesla Model X that make it possible to steal a car easily and quickly. According to him, Wouters found many security vulnerabilities in both Tesla Model X and its panels. He plans to present all his findings at the Real World conference in January,…

Owner of BMW X5 for sale outsmarts thieves who returned to steal his vehicle after taking his car key

A Stansted man outsmarted thieves who took the keys to his car that he was selling. Matt Butcher had put his BMW X5 up for sale and two men wearing Covid-19 face masks arrived at his home in Churchfields to view it. "They were overly curious about whether I had two keys and insisted on seeing the spare so they could check it worked," he said. "When my back was turned they swapped the spare key for another BMW key they'd brought with…

NICB Holiday Theft Report: Let’s Be Thankful Vehicle Thefts Slow Down On Thanksgiving

DES PLAINES, Ill., Nov. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released its latest Holiday Theft Report which shows dramatic variations throughout the winter months. According to the data, Christmas Day shows the fewest number of vehicles stolen on that day, followed by Thanksgiving. However, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day rate as two of the highest theft days. The data, pulled from the National…

How to secure your car with an OBD port locking device

With car thefts increasing by 21% between 2016 and 2019, keeping your vehicle secure is a growing concern.  Thefts using the On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) port often make the news, typically with attention-grabbing videos of how easy the process can be.  We have all the information on what car OBD port theft means, and the options you can take to help protect your car. What exactly is an OBD port? An On-Board Diagnostics port is a…

Stolen Vehicle Intercepts are on the Rise at US Ports

While most attention that port security gains is focused on the importation of illegal goods, contraband, and narcotics, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) also conducts outbound cargo examinations at the nation’s ports. One of the items that they are seeking are stolen vehicles being shipped overseas. CBP reports that among the methods criminal organizations are using is car theft looking to sell them in overseas markets. To do…

Catalytic Converter Thefts - Hybrid vehicles often at greater risk

A recent article on www.thisismoney.co.uk website details how Catalytic Converter theft is often more common amongst hybrid vehicles versions of Honda Jazz, Lexus RX and Toyota's Auris and Prius as hybrids has higher concentrations of value precious metals. This article provides asn excellent overview of Catalytic Converter thefts, explains what they are so valuabel to thieves and what is being done to try and stop this crime. To read…

Frontex leads massive international operation to find stolen cars and car parts

Spain: Law enforcement authorities seized more than 350 stolen cars and more than 1000 stolen car parts this month in a two-week international operation led by Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency. The operation was co-led by Poland, Greece, Germany and Europol and supported by INTERPOL, along with hundreds of border guards and police officers from 22 countries around Europe. Frontex set up a Coordination Centre at its…

Warning: new car theft scam in South Africa

Vehicle-tracking company Tracker says it has recently become aware of a car theft scam which is being used by a syndicate in South Africa. Customers are being contacted by the scamsters who are pretending to work for Tracker. They advise the customer that there is something wrong with their tracking device and that they need to come out to repair or replace the device. Once on-site, the perpetrators will claim that they need to test the…

Carjackings, Delivery Vehicle Thefts Spike During Pandemic

Amid the pandemic, carjackings and thefts of unattended delivery vehicles have skyrocketed in some cities and counties. Armed carjackers have victimized motorists at stoplights, parking garages and gas stations, according to police. Others have taken off in food delivery drivers’ idling cars while they’re picking up or delivering orders. Law enforcement officials say the spike in so-called hop-ins can be traced to the explosion in…