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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.

I-TEAM: Careful where you charge your smartphone

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - It has become a habit in the age of smartphones: charge where and when you can, including vehicles. But you need to be careful where you decide to plug in your charging cord.  Information lives in cars in ways you may not expect. Most of us routinely give up that information when we sync or plug in our smartphones in a rental car or ride-sharing services like Uber. To read…

Met Police launch Operation Endeavour to combat keyless vehicle theft

Car theft across south east London and north Kent is rapidly rising due to organised criminals targeting keyless vehicles. Last year saw an eight per cent rise in vehicle theft across London, with more than 6,000 cars and vans stolen without the owners' keys. 192 keyless cars were stolen in Greenwich, which was the highest amount in south London. The majority of the thefts appear to be the result of criminals using…

Luxury vehicles stolen from Winnipeg dealerships by sophisticated fraudsters

Winnipeg police say they're facing a new trend in vehicle theft, in which criminals use a sophisticated scheme involving forged documents to fraudulently buy the cars from auto dealerships. Many are then shipped overseas and resold. Police on Thursday announced the results of a more than year-long investigation into such thefts, which resulted in several arrests, including one this past weekend. Police first learned of…

Relay car theft - UK drivers at risk from having car hacked

According to figures from TRACKER, 96 per cent of motorists it surveyed are at risk of having their car stolen by criminals using a relay car attack.  In 2016, 66 per cent of TRACKER’s stolen vehicle recovery customer thefts were committed by way of a 'relay attack’, confirming how prevalent this crime is becoming in the UK.  Relay car hacks is when criminals use a pair of radio transmitters to intercept the…

LISTEN: Remote jamming detector combats crime in Brooklyn, South Africa

A vehicle remote jamming is putting the police on top in the fight against vehicle theft at the Brooklyn mall. Fidelity ADT installed the detector in an attempt to reduce thefts out of motor vehicles in the area. ADT community development manager, Gerrit Rheeder said the devices alerted the public to possible jamming activity so that motorists could be sure their vehicles had been successfully locked before walking away. The detector beeped…

NICB Reports Steep Drop in Metal Theft Claims

During this three-year period, 28,040 insurance claims for the theft of copper, bronze, brass or aluminum were handled — 27,450 of them (98 percent) involving copper. When copper theft claims frequency is compared to the monthly average price of copper, there is a statistically-significant correlation between the two. The top five states for metal theft claims over this period were Ohio (3,060), New Jersey (2,661), Pennsylvania (2,435),…

International vehicle theft and trafficking ring busted in Spain

The Spanish Guardia Civil, supported by the Bulgarian Police, Portuguese Police and Europol, have dismantled an international crime group dedicated to vehicle theft and the illicit trafficking of the vehicles from Spain to Europe. The operation resulted in the arrest of 19 individuals and the investigation of five other suspects, who are accused of belonging to a criminal organisation, vehicle theft, document fraud, and money…

GPS theft Sweden

Theft figures of GPS/Airbags/Xenon headlamps thefts Sweden q3 2017

Car parts thefts continue increases Stealing car parts continues to be attractive business for thieves. Swedish industry organization Larmtjänst follows the development on three selected components - steering wheel / airbags, navigation units and headlights (xenon). Between January 1st and September 30th, 2,874 theft cases of these types of car parts occurred and the damage costs amounted to SEK 166 million. In the county of Skåne,…