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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.

How are criminals stealing cars via the coding of apps?

Speaking to Open Access Government, cybersecurity expert Asaf Ashekenazi of Inside Secure discusses the changing world of cybercrime. The interview covers new car-theft methods, protecting yourself, paradigm-shifts in the cybersecurity world, predictions for the future and the unknown security risks we face every day. This article follows our examination of keyless technology crimes, which you can read here. 1. How exactly are criminals…

NICB Supports Amendment That Will Close a Loophole for Car Thieves in Oregon

DES PLAINES, Ill., Feb. 14, 2019 — The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has joined a number of law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and public officials in support of a bill to close a loophole that has limited police in Oregon from arresting and prosecuting suspected car thieves. According to NICB’s Annual Hot Spots Report, between 2012 and 2017, vehicle thefts increased by more than 53 percent in Oregon. That compares…

Tesla’s Sentry add more safety for your car

According to federal statistics, there was an estimated one motor vehicle theft or attempted theft every 40.8 seconds in the United States in 2017— and that doesn’t even include the vast number of car break-ins that happen nationwide. To further enhance the security of our vehicles and give our customers additional peace of mind, today we’re starting to roll out a new safeguard – Sentry Mode – to protect against…

Six ways thieves can break into a car and how to prevent it

The days of hotwiring cars are long gone. Today’s thieves use a variety of sophisticated techniques to gain access to cars and start the engine. The police, car makers and the insurance industry are playing catch-up as techniques evolve and adapt quickly to modern cars. These measures are having some effect but as anti-theft systems become more advanced, so do the thieves. Below we outline six common methods used to steal vehicles that…

The Sun reporters ‘steal’ 10 keyless cars in seconds with legal gadget

Reporters from The Sun newspaper managed to “steal” 10 cars in moments using a legal gadget than can unlock the doors and start the engines of vehicles with digital key fobs. With the scanner device, it took just six seconds to unlock a £12,000 Ford Focus and start the engine — while the owner watched on in horror. Other “keyless” cars were almost as easy to steal. A Skoda Kodiaq and a Nissan Qashqai both…

‘Auto Theft Accountability Program’ targets first-time youth offenders

February 4, 2019, by Giang Nguyen DAVENPORT, Iowa -- A new program to address the disproportionate number of juveniles involved in auto thefts is being proposed by officials at the Scott County Juvenile Detention Center, and it's focusing on first-time offenders. "So many of our juveniles who are being detained are coming in on auto theft charges. It’s probably about half of everyone we have in detention right now," says Jeremy…

New statistics show how few motorcycle thefts result in action

New figures have revealed the size of the motorcycle theft problem in London and how little of it ends in police action being taken. From January 2015 to October 2018, over 45,000 motorcycle or moped thefts were reported in the capital but only 1200 people were ever charged with an offence. A further 70 merely accepted a caution. This means that over 31,000 investigations were closed with no suspects identified. The new figures have emerged…