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NICB: Leaving Keys In Your Car Can Leave You Without Your Car

DES PLAINES, Ill., Sept. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly a quarter million vehicles were stolen from 2017 through 2019 with their keys left inside according to an updated report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). However, of the 244,845 vehicles stolen with their keys inside, most were recovered. NICB analysts reviewed data contained in the National Crime Information Center's stolen vehicle file to produce this report.…

App makers arrested for aiding car theft; stolen car buyers flee

India: Noida police busted an interstate gang selling cars from Delhi-NCR and selling them in Kashmir and Meerut at cheap prices today. The police arrested six members of the gang of vehicle thieves from Pir Kat in front of Suman Bajaj Agency located in Sector 62, Noida. By unlocking the car through an app, this gang stole more than a hundred cars from Noida-NCR. Police have recovered 13 stolen cars from Delhi-NCR on the spot from the…

NICB Report: Motorcycle Thefts Fall Again

DES PLAINES, Ill., August 31, 2020 — Millions of people will take to the road over the Labor Day weekend, by jet, train, car, and motorcycle. If you are one of the tens of thousands of motorcyclists taking advantage of the great riding weather, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) urges you to protect your motorcycle from theft. Nearly 41,000 motorcycles were stolen in 2019, according to a new report by NICB, with most thefts…

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Hijacking On The Rise in South Africa

Tracker’s vehicle crime statistics for July 2019 to July 2020 shows that hijacking is on the rise and stayed prevalent during lockdown despite a significant drop in vehicle crime.  Tracker’s recorded statistics indicate that before lockdown commenced vehicle crime activities rose by 11% nationally. Hijacking was the most prominent activity on the list with an increase of 21% while vehicle theft remained on the same level…

  • August 20, 2020
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Thefts of Catalytic converters in Sweden

There has been a number of reports from other countries about thefts of Catalytic converters but in our country, it has not been an issue previous years. The first 6 months of this year, we have seen a spike in thefts. From a very low number of thefts during 2019, it exploded in 2020. From January until end of June, we have had 1099 units stolen. This is an increase more than 1300 % comparing with all thefts of Catalytic converters 2019 Most…

European Police Bust Polish Gang Suspected of Hacking and Stealing Cars

German and Polish police agencies announced Wednesday they had dismantled a Polish criminal network accused of stealing dozens of cars by breaching the keyless systems used to start the vehicles. The alleged thieves had racked up at least 34 vehicles worth $1.6 million by the time investigators raided their properties in Poland last week, according to Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency. The alleged Polish criminal network…

UK Car Parks With Worst Crime Rates

Revealed: The busy car parks with the worst crime rates and ones where your vehicle is most likely to be safe.  Analysis of the 200 most-used car parks in the England, Wales, Northern Ireland.  It revealed that an NCP facility in Covent Garden, London, has the worst record.  Some 368 motor-related crimes were reported at the postcode in 2019-2020 NCP, the UK's biggest operator, dominates the standings for poor…

High Tech Thieves Targeting Keyless Entry Vehicles in Toronto

Toronto police are warning car owners in Scarborough to beware of high-tech thieves who have been using sophisticated equipment to steal cars that make use of keyless entry.  According to police, newer vehicles equipped with keyless fobs are being targeted and stolen from driveways in the area of 42 Division overnight.  Surveillance video released by Toronto police shows an example of one such incident. In the…

  • July 15, 2020

Where Your Car Is Most Likely to Be Stolen in Every State

Over 700,000 cars were stolen in the United States in 2018, or 229 motor vehicle thefts for every 100,000 Americans. Those thefts disproportionately occurred in the nation’s urban areas. In some cities, the motor vehicle theft rate is well over 1,000 per 100,000 residents, and in nearly every state, there is at least one city with a higher rate than the national average.  24/7 Wall St. reviewed property crime data from the…

  • July 15, 2020
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The ‘Game Boy’ That Steals Cars

Retro gaming devices have been turned into £20,000 gadgets which can unlock cars without breaking the locks or windows, the AA has warned. The most common keyless theft involves criminals ‘relaying’ a signal from the fob inside the owner’s home to the vehicle outside. But thieves are now using sophisticated gadgets which allow them to enter luxury vehicles without the need to relay from a nearby fob. One such device is…