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How Lehigh Valley investigators unraveled a scam involving 80 stolen cars and fraudulent court orders

It was a scam Robert E. Hunter had gotten away with more than 80 times: Steal a car, fudge the court order stating it was abandoned, then resell the vehicle and pocket the cash. Hunter, who is now serving a two- to four-year state prison term, was thwarted last year by detectives from the Lehigh County Auto Theft Task Force, who noticed something fishy about the documents Hunter was submitting to PennDOT and dug further, uncovering a string of…

Alleged Kansai conman hid GPS in rental car he later stole

KOBE, JAPAN -- A self-described investor was slapped with a fresh arrest warrant on suspicion of stealing a luxury car he had earlier rented and secretly stashed a GPS device in to track its location after returning it, according to an announcement by Hyogo Prefectural Police on June 12. Tomohiro Kawanishi, 36, of Joto Ward in the city of Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, was rearrested on suspicion of theft, an individual familiar with…

More than half of Scotland’s car thefts are unsolved

More than half of vehicle thefts in Scotland are unsolved, new figures have revealed. Police said the vehicles were often stolen to order by criminal gangs using technology to bypass entry systems on keyless cars. In the past three years, figures from Police Scotland showed a detection rate of just 24% for all vehicle crime. The data also revealed large variations in the number of car crimes solved depending on where they happened. According…

Motorcycle theft is an epidemic, but one brand stands out among the rest

By Dr Ken German (Past IAATI UK Branch President).  Riding my Harley Davidson along the N340 through the Southern Andalusian mountains, the golden eagles floating above, was absolutely magic. But my ride came to a halt when a Spanish Guardia Civil police officer marched out in front of me and waved me to the back of a queue of other riders, all destined for an all-too-frequent road check. Spain has a motorcycle theft problem…

It is shockingly easy to steal a car in Oregon and not get prosecuted

Portland is the 5th-worst city in the nation for having your car stolen. Author: Cristin Severance Published: 8:43 AM PST March 6, 2019 Updated: 7:10 PM PDT March 12, 2019 PORTLAND, Ore. — According to national and local crime statistics, Portland is one of the worst cities in the country when it comes to how many cars are stolen per person in the city. Sherri Ominski has had her 1988 Toyota Camry stolen five times in and around the…

How likely are weaponized cars?

It is easy to become absorbed by the exaggerated Hollywood depictions of car hacking scenarios – to imagine a not-so-distant future when cars or their supporting infrastructures are hacked by criminals or terrorists and turned into lethal weapons. There are reasons why such a scenario has not happened yet. But could it? And if so, how can we prevent it? Some might argue that the likelihood of cars being weaponized is extremely low, but…

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NICB’s 2018 US Watercraft Theft and Recovery Report

The NICB have released their 2018 US Watercraft Theft and Recovery Report. This ForeCASTSM Report analyzes the 4,499 watercraft thefts and corresponding recoveries1 with information reported to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Crime Information Center (NCIC).  The 3 sections to this report consist of: an analysis of the watercrafts, a geographical analysis, and a temporal analysis.  “Section 1: The…

Infographic: The Technology Behind Car Hacking

With the rise of driverless and fully-electronic vehicles, the future of cars is exciting and limitless. Auto manufacturers have made important strides in technology that have improved the safety of our cars. However, as vehicles become increasingly more connected, the potential for car hacks will rise. Techaeris has developed an animated infographic with tips on how drivers can recognize and prevent car hacking against their vehicles. Click…

Car theft insurance payouts hit seven year high - at £1.2 million a day

Car theft victims are getting a payout from insurers every eight minutes, according to new data. Around £108 million - or £1.2 million a day - was paid out in claims in the first three months of the year, according to the Association of British Insurers. This was up 22% on the same period in 2018 and comes as campaigners and politicians call on car companies to improve security, especially for keyless cars. There was also a big…

Hi-tech car theft syndicate crippled

Malaysia:  KOTA KINABALU: A car theft syndicate using a special electronic gadget to disarm the alarm system and activate the engine of a vehicle has been stopped in its tracks by the police here. Four members of the syndicate, which started their operation early this month, have been arrested, said State Commissioner of Police, Datuk Omar Mammah, yesterday. The arrests were made between May 19 to May 24, he said, adding that police are…