News

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.

Selling or renting a vehicle? Be aware of the privacy risk in your infotainment systems

The infotainment systems in modern vehicles contain reams of data. Most people understand the privacy risks when selling or disposing of a personal computer or cellphone. The same awareness, however, doesn’t seem to be translating to the vehicles we drive when it comes time to trade them in for a new model. “I should perceive selling my car like I was selling my laptop,” says Mahesh Tripunitara, a professor of electrical and…

Are stolen vehicles taking longer to be recovered?

Australia’s vehicle theft landscape is constantly changing. Traditionally considered a single crime, vehicle theft is now increasingly at the centre of a range of other crimes such as aggravated burglaries or robberies, arson, drug or firearms dealing or terrorism (in the form of vehicle-based attacks or explosions). Nationally, there appears to have been an increase in the time taken for stolen vehicles to be recovered, indicating that…

  • June 22, 2020

Prison Time for German Car Theft Ring

From:  EuroJust - European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation Camelia Paraschiv, Eurojust Acting Spokesperson The Regional Court of Heilbronn in Germany recently sentenced eleven members of a Lithuanian criminal organisation to imprisonment for up to eight years for stealing luxury cars in Germany. The court rulings followed close and intensive cooperation between the German and Lithuanian judicial and police authorities,…

  • June 19, 2020
NICB Watercraft report 2020

NICB: 2019 Watercraft Theft Report

The National Insurance Crime Bureau today released its 2019 watercraft theft report. The report, based on theft data contained in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database, revealed that there was a total of 4,240 thefts in 2019—a decrease of 6% from 2018. To read more and to see the full report visit:…

Research Reveals New Zealand’s Car Theft Hotspots

New research has found that a car is broken into every 21 minutes in New Zealand and the number of cars stolen is increasing year-on-year. Global comparison website Finder, which recently launched in New Zealand, analysed the latest NZ Police data and found that, across New Zealand, 24,416 motor vehicles were stolen or broken into in 2019, up from 21,761 the previous year. Additionally, Finder found that a car was either…

  • June 11, 2020

60 Vehicles Located in Dallas-Fort Worth Investigation

DALLAS, Texas — Over 60 vehicles valued at $1.2 million were located during a large-scale Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex theft ring investigation, according to the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office. Investigators say the theft ring hacked the vehicles' computer systems to gain access to and start them before ultimately stealing the vehicle. After modifying the vehicles, which including tampering with the vehicle's…

  • June 11, 2020

Sudbury police nab luxury car thieves

Thieves using ID theft to target high-valued cars and SUVs across province Sudbury police say they stopped a "sophisticated, organized" group of car thieves from stealing luxury vehicles in the area. In a statement released Tuesday, GSPS say that a 35-year-old woman from Wasaga Beach was arrested at a local dealership after trying to buy a $77,000 vehicle. According to police, the woman used "very authentic" pieces of counterfeit provincial…

RAID Busts Criminal Organization’s VIN-Switch Operation, Recovers Nearly $1.5 Million-Worth of Stole

RIVERSIDE – “That is not my beautiful car.” – Imagine being scammed on the transaction of a luxury or newer car – then discover that armed, organized criminals delivered that ride to you. When innocent purchasers of newer and luxury vehicles throughout Southern Cal., Nevada, and Arizona found themselves duped – the Riverside Auto-Theft Interdiction Detail (RAID) stepped in. A several-month investigation,…

More than 70 premium cars stolen from dealership amid looting in Northern California

Police in Northern California are searching for suspects after rioters reportedly stole more than 70 premium cars from a dealership near San Francisco Sunday night. San Leandro Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealership owner Carlos Hidalgo said that although he blocked the exits as a precaution, the thieves “started ramming, ramming until they could get out. They took out chains and fence posts. It was a very malicious…

Lock your cars! Vehicle theft spikes in coronavirus pandemic

With more people than ever staying home to lessen the spread of COVID-19, their sedans, pickup trucks and SUVs are parked unattended on the streets, making them easy targets for opportunistic thieves. Despite silent streets and nearly nonexistent traffic, vehicle larcenies shot up 63% in New York and nearly 17% in Los Angeles from Jan. 1 through mid-May, compared with the same period last year. And many other law enforcement agencies around…