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Classic cars stolen in Ireland

Irish police home in on classic car scam with four arrests

It’s not just modern cars that are stolen by society’s ill-mannered heavies. The theft of older vehicles remains far from uncommon, with custodians of classic cars having to endure no-end of insurance rate hikes and scaremongering from flailing specialist media. Thugs are rarely caught, but a breakthrough in County Limerick, Ireland has caught four men red handed. Classic car related crime appears to be on the up, the robbery of…

Albuquerque Making Headway in Lowering Auto Theft

Albuquerque officials say they are starting to see the results of their renewed fight against vehicle theft with an estimated one-third reduction in thefts for the first nine months of the year. This follows two years in a row that the National Insurance Crime Bureau's (NICB) annual Hot Spots rankings had the Albuquerque metro area at the top based on vehicle thefts per 100,000 population. The efforts of the Albuquerque community are…

Organized crime behind surge in Canadian vehicle thefts, auto insurance fraud: experts

It was gone before she knew it. In early November, a woman in a Toronto neighbourhood bought a 2019 Lexus RX350. She registered the vehicle and brought it home with new plates on Monday Nov. 5. It only sat in her driveway for two days, but when her husband looked out the window on the morning of Thursday, Nov. 8, the midnight blue SUV was gone. A thief had quietly driven the SUV away in the middle of the night. “It’s too…

‘Target harden’ your vehicles as auto thefts up 29% in Toronto: police

Toronto police say year-to-date statistics show vehicle thefts in Toronto are up 29 per cent and one of the main problems is that owners are simply not doing enough to secure them. “There have been about 1,000 more stolen autos this year compared to last year, up from 3,200 to 4,200,” Det. Sgt. Daniel Sabadics said during a news conference Thursday morning. “At 53 Division, we’ve noticed a year-to-date 92 per cent…

What Missouri Could Learn From A $1 Fee Michigan Charges To Fight Car Theft

Auto theft is up 20 percent in the last year in Kansas City. It’s the only property crime on the rise nationwide. So what can you do? In a few states, they charge you a little more for your auto insurance to pay for more cops and prosecutors. Michigan is one of those states. For years, it was the stolen car capital of America. "It's not just the stealing of automobiles. There's fraud that's behind it. There's major…

Vehicle thefts increasing, Tuscaloosa police say

As of Wednesday morning, the Tuscaloosa Police Department and Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office have investigated 13 stolen vehicle reports this month, according to crimereports.com, the website that compiles incident data reported by departments across the…

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High security number plates to be pre-fitted on vehicles from April 1st, 2019 in India

The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) has made a move to curb vehicle theft and enable easier tracking of lost and stolen vehicles. The new amendment of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules of 1989 has made it mandatory for all vehicles sold on or after April 1, 2019 to be pre-fitted with High Security Registration Plates (HSRP). According to the notification given by the MoRTH, dealers will be supplied with the HSRP (including the…

Three VWs recalled over lack of warning when key is left in ignition

A handful of new Volkswagen cars and crossovers are subject to a new recall from the German brand. In documents filed with the NHTSA last month and released this week, VW will recall the Atlas, Jetta, and Tiguan over no warning that the key has been left in the ignition. The recall applies to 2018 and 2019 Atlas crossover SUVs, 2019 Jetta sedans, and 2018 and 2019 Tiguan crossover SUV models that are not equipped with keyless entry. If a driver…

Driver loses his car to hackers. TWICE

You can imagine the dismay: you scrimp and save to buy a £72,000 ($92,000) Volvo XC90 4×4 only to wind up standing outside in your slippers, bewailing a parking spot suddenly as barren as your dreams of having a nice car. TWICE. Sadly enough, this is the fate that befell Londoner Jas Hara, all thanks to those keyless entry fobs and the thieves who know how to hack them. Car-hacking, or “relay attack”, is said to have…