News

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.

Second hand car buyers could be tracked ... by the previous owner

An IBM security researcher has warned that previous car owners can easily maintain data connections to their cars after they have been sold, allowing them to monitor the new owners and carry out remote control functions such as locking and unlocking the car doors. Charles Henderson, the leader of X-Force Red, IBM’s security testing group, stumbled across the phenomenon by chance when selling his car. He noticed that not only did he have…

Malaysia considers microchips in car number plates to curb theft, cloning

Malaysian transport authorities have decided to install microchips in registration plates of vehicles. It is expected that this new law will help reduce incidents of car theft and car cloning. Moreover, it will also help to track down motorists who fail to pay their traffic summonses. According to the Sunday Mail report, the microchips will have information about the vehicle owner, the driver, the engine, chassis numbers and even the colour and…

Tracking Dart

Delta police use GPS darts to track fleeing vehicles

Canada: Eight Delta police vehicles have been equipped with GPS dart technology that allows officers to attach a tracking projectile onto a suspect vehicle that fails to stop.  The dart is placed inside a compartment on the grill of the police vehicle and can be activated from inside. Once launched, it attaches to the rear bumper or licence plate of an offending vehicle, and the officer is able to track it through a GPS system. Read…