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ABI Proposes Reforms To Salvage System to Prevent Write-Off Fraud & Theft

Six loopholes in the salvage system which need to be addressed are being set out by the ABI’s Director of General Insurance Policy, James Dalton, at a speech to the salvage trade body today. The Salvage Code of Practice – a voluntary agreement on how written-off vehicles should be processed and categorised – has been blamed by some for creating a market for stolen cars. West Midlands police have identified an issue with…

Drivers warned that signal-blocking key pouches ‘may not always work’

The devices, sometimes called Faraday pouches, have become popular to combat so-called relay theft – where thieves boost the signal from a car’s keyless entry fob to get into the vehicle without the key. The pouches contain a wire mesh, known as a Faraday cage, that can block radio signals from the keyless entry system. However, some thefts have been carried out when the keys were in the pouches. On cheaper items, it’s…

Ford claims new key fob with “sleep mode” prevents keyless car thefts

FORD has launched a new key fob that the company claims makes its cars impervious to “relay attack” thefts. The upgraded wireless fob, already supplied with all new Fiesta superminis, has what Ford calls a “sleep mode” that triggers if the motion sensor doesn’t detect movement for more than 40 seconds. Ford says this renders it impervious to car theft using “relay devices”, which amplify the signal of…

Suspected burglar caught after Tesla records its own break-in with Sentry Mode

SAN FRANCISCO -- An auto burglar was caught on camera and then caught thanks to one of Tesla's latest software updates. The car's owner was able to capture stunningly clear video of his vehicle being broken into in San Francisco. Jed Franklin is a model who "super commutes" more than 100 miles from Folsom to San Francisco for fittings and photo shoots. While parked along the Embarcadero for a Levi's fitting on April 3, Jed got an…

Car Theft: Auto Theft Task Forces & Potential Solutions (Part 3)

During the 1990s, as carjacking and other types of auto theft became a focus of law enforcement efforts, task forces were formed in several areas of the country to combat the problem and were significantly effective in reducing crime. In New Jersey, the Assembly Task Force on Auto Theft was created in October 1992, to study auto theft in the state and report back to the New Jersey Legislature with recommendations. The New Jersey State Police…

Car Theft: Regional Auto Theft Trends (Part 2)

It is important to keep tabs on crime patterns in different regions to understand types and methods of auto theft that could be headed to your area soon. Different agencies have recognized these regional patterns and discovered their own tactics to combat them, but regional task forces are still crucial in looking beyond a single prosecution to take down an entire theft ring at one time. According to DJ Thompson, Senior Director of Law…

Car Theft: National Auto Theft Trends (Part 1)

Auto theft reached a high in the 1990s, with 658.9 reported auto thefts per 100,000 inhabitants nationally, as reported in on Statista.com. In 1992, the federal Anti Car Theft Act of 1992 - P. L. 102-519; 106 Stat. 3384 - was passed, defining carjacking as a federal crime: using a firearm to forcibly take a motor vehicle is punishable by up to 15 years. If serious bodily injury or death results, the penalties are substantially greater, up to…

Tens of thousands of cars were left exposed to thieves due to a hardcoded password

The maker of a popular vehicle telematics system has left hardcoded credentials inside its mobile apps, leaving tens of thousands of cars vulnerable to hackers. Security updates that remove the hardcoded credentials have been made available for both the MyCar Android and iOS apps since mid-February, the security researcher who found this issue told ZDNet today. Similarly, the hardcoded credentials were also removed on the server-side to…

Insurers paid out £1m a day in vehicle theft payouts last year

In total, 2018 saw insurance companies pay out £16k a minute. Car insurers paid out a record-breaking £1 million a day in 2018 after a surge in vehicle thefts, including keyless car crime. According to the Association of British Insurers (ABI), the cost of payouts for thefts of and from vehicles topped £376 million - a 29 percent increase on 2017’s figures. Part of that increase was accounted for by the 12 percent rise…

Number of cars being cloned quadruples in six years

Police fear problem of car cloning is even more widespread than reports say The number of cars being cloned in the UK has quadrupled over the past six years, with industry sources blaming the easy availability of so-called ‘show plates’ and the rising number of stolen cars. Official figures from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) reveal just 1,255 vehicles were reported as cloned in financial year 2012/13, but that…