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.

Where have a million missing motorcycles gone?

Past President of the UK Branch of IAATI, Dr Ken German, has published this article about motorcycle theft in a UK newspaper, The Telegraph.  The article looks at the rise fall and rise again of motocycle theft during the last 50 years in the UK  and the impact on theft levels in other countries. He also warns about offenders using stolen blank DVLA registration documents and recommends motorcycle owners…

Malaysia: Foreign-registered vehicles will need VEP

The Malaysian governmnet has announced that all foreign-registered vehicles coming into Malyasia will require a Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) in addition to the Road Charge. Upon paying the VEP vehicles would be issued with a a Radio Frequency Indentification (RFID) tag to be placed on the windshield of their vehicles.  They claim the VEP will help identity the number of foreign vehicles entering Malaysia and also to prevent car…

Cocke County, TN man wanted since April found in Sevier County

A Cocke County man who had eluded arrest on state and federal chop-shop charges since April was taken into custody in Sevier County on Friday and whisked to Greeneville for his initial appearance in federal court, according to authorities. Gary Dale Shults, 41, Chavis Road, Cosby, apparently realized he had no chance for pretrial release. He waived his preliminary hearing, and has until Nov. 23 to decide whether he wants to make a deal or take…

Ultra-exotic Ford GT Deliveries Commence in Canada

“Let me tell you, it’s a race car that means business.” Richard L'Abbe, Ford GT Owner Deliveries of the new 2017 Ford GT have commenced in North America. Former late night talk show host Jay Leno took delivery of his Ford GT and received car number 12. According to Jay, Ford family members claimed the first ten cars, car No. 11 was auctioned off to raise money for charity, and Leno received the Ford GT with vehicle…

  • October 7, 2017

UK: Police cuts ‘threaten efforts to end car cloning’

The UK Government has been warned that cuts to policing numbers could see fewer stolen cars than ever returned to their owners. At present nearly half of all cars stolen in the UK are never returned but vehicle security specialists have warned that reductions in the number of teams dedicated to tackling car crime could see this number rise. To read…

UK: Support considered for police in bike crime battle

New rules are being considered in a bid to stop gangs using motorcycles as getaway vehicles. Laws are to be reviewed in response to concerns that the police are struggling to effectively pursue and apprehend criminals on often stolen bikes.  Bike-related crime has risen threefold in the past 12 months, with much of this crime concentrated in London where gangs use bikes as getaway vehicles. It is believed that one of the reasons…

UK: Car theft is back on the rise in Manchester… and your stolen cars are going all the way to Saudi Arabia

The number of cars being stolen has risen dramatically in Greater Manchester, bucking a trend which for the last decade had seen thefts plummet due to hi-tech security features. Gangs swooping on high-end cars across Greater Manchester are now shipping them as far as the Middle East as part of a complex but lucrative conspiracy. Police say they are have already brought down or disrupted a number of prolific car thieves, but admit they have…

South African Victims of Crime Survey 2017: Car theft, hijackings and more…

Statistics South Africa has published its annual victims of crime survey (VOCS). The survey of around 30 000 households provides details of personal experiences of crime. It also covers how thieves break into cars and what time they strike their victims. The reporting period is from April 2016 to March 2017. The report also lists its Repeat Victimisation Index (RVI). Quick vehicle crime facts:  - Number of household crime…

South Africa’s Signal Jamming Problem - Insurers Respond

SInce 2011 car remote jamming has become a huge problem in South Africa.  The bandits have been using simple garage remotes to jam the signal when you push the button on your car remote to lock your vehicle. Victims of remote jamming car theft have often been turned away by insurance companies. Now, they’re changing the way they handle claims.   To read…