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Police make three arrests in different counties after spate of catalytic converter thefts

Nottinghamshire Police have made three in arrests in different counties in connection with catalytic converter thefts. Warrants were executed in Lincolnshire and Leicestershire following reports of seven catalytic converter thefts from city car parks on November 25 2019. Four were from the Toton Lane park and ride site, two from the Phoenix Park park and ride and one at The Forest park and ride. Two men, aged 29 and 26, were arrested on…

How to prevent car break-ins: Turn off your Bluetooth

Those apps that scan for devices using Bluetooth could sound great. The AirPods have fallen out of the ear and they're somewhere in the house. Whip open the app to find them. Or that lost phone, missing tablet or even camera. All good, right?   But you're not the only one using them – and that's not good. "A new phenomenon has made its way to car theft," the Folsom California Police Department noted on…

Five arrested in multi-state car theft ring in Madison; dozens of fake credit cards found

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Five people have been arrested in a multi-state car theft ring. Officers conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 55 on Tuesday, January 21. The officer noticed that the tag appeared to be switched on the truck and later confirmed that it was stolen from Carmel, Indiana. While investigating, the officer found an embossing machine that was being used to make fake credit cards. The cards were imprinted with names and…

Identity thief who stole from hundreds of victims caught in raid, sheriff’s office says Read more h

A four-month identity theft investigation led to an arrest of a man at his southeast Fresno home on Friday. Authorities found fake identifications, at least two stolen cars, printers, computers, stolen credit cards and driver’s licenses when they raided the home on Kerckhoff Avenue near Tulare and Chestnut avenues, Fresno County Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said. “Detectives will have to go through evidence and make sense…

California law loophole leads to car theft crisis that leaves tourists in the crosshairs

Car thefts have become a part of life for out-of-state tourists in California because of a loophole in state law that leaves many break-ins unpunished. Law enforcement is stymied by a state law that says it only counts as a felony burglary if the car doors were locked, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. “It’s ridiculous that under current law you can have a video of someone bashing out a car window, but if you…

Catalytic converter thefts up tenfold in 2019

Thieves make money from the precious metals housed in catalytic converters. Thefts of vehicles’ catalytic converters have risen tenfold over the course of 2019, according to figures from a leading insurer. According to AA Car Insurance, thefts of catalytic converters, or ‘cats’ have increased dramatically since January, with a huge increase in the number of claims the company has received for such thefts. Back in January,…

Car thieves’ most-wanted list and the luxury cars being sold for as little as £1,000

he models at the top of cars thieves’ most-wanted list have been revealed as new data shows stolen prestige vehicles being sold on for as little as £1,000. An investigation by car security experts AX has revealed a “shopping list” of desirable models as well as the shockingly small sums they then changes hands for on the black market. The top of the list is made up of cars from just four manufacturers - Audi, BMW,…

‘A switcheroo with the keys’: B.C. man warns about emerging trend in car theft

A Surrey, B.C. father is warning private vehicle sellers about a trick he suspects two would-be buyers used, after he discovered his car had been stolen hours after a test drive. Kyle Pruden listed his 2005 Chevy Cobalt for sale on Craigslist in early December, hoping to raise some extra cash to give his seven-year-old son Marcus, who lives with autism and a bone condition, a great Christmas. “My son is having surgery in early January…

Your car’s been recalled: motorists warned about new car theft scam

JOHANNESBURG - A local insurance company has issued a warning to car owners about a new modus operandi in which motorists are being scammed into handing their car over to criminals under the pretense that it has been recalled. According to King Price, the client receives a phone call, as well as a follow-up e-mail, from a phony dealership claiming that a safety recall was in place and that the company was sending a flatbed truck to collect the…

From car keys to perfectly keyless. Over 100 years of Bosch car locking technology

Did the first motor carriages actually have locks? How did motorists in the last century prevent their vehicles from being stolen? It’s a long story. It tells of how theft protection first became necessary when people who were previously unfamiliar with cars learned how to start them in the first place. It also illustrates that people could only safely leave their valuables in the car when it had lockable doors, windows, and a roof. Even…