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Hundreds of Keyless Cars are Vulnerable to High-Tech Theft, New Report Says

More than 200 car models that offer keyless entry are susceptible to theft, a report from British consumer group Which? has revealed. The vehicles can be stolen using "cheap electronic equipment" purchased online. While these systems require a fob to be within a certain proximity of the car to unlock and start it, thieves can use relay boxes to boost the fob's signal. This tricks the system into believing the fob is near the car -- even if…

Gone in 20 seconds: Inside Christchurch’s youth car crime spree

About a dozen teenagers, some as young as 13 years old, are among Christchurch's most prolific car thieves as they seek the joyriding "rush".  Mazda Familias are their primary target of choice, they teach themselves how to drive and, so honed are their car theft skills, it takes them 20 to 30 seconds to break in and go.   The recent deaths of three boys in the group, who crashed a stolen…

New BBC Documentary examines the lifestyle of a former motorcycle thief

A former motorcycle thief bragged online mocking his victims The reformed motorcycle thief told the BBC how he and his friends would often pose with stolen bikes and posted the images online. He would often post photographs with his face covered threatening that they were “coming for your bikes”. Going by the name ‘Ryan’ to the BBC, he explained how he would often ride the machines around Bristol until the motorbike ran…

1 in 4 AA Members Don’t Think About Car Crime

The AA has released a new video which aims to tackle car theft and car crime after: • 1 in 4 don’t think about car crime • 1 in 10 think modern cars are theft-proof • 4% don’t bother to lock their cars • According to police figures for 2017, there were 280,313 recorded offences of theft from vehicles (13% more than 2016), and 103,644 were stolen (19% more than 2016) in England and Wales To read…

Owner’s keys were left in vehicle in half of Manitoba’s auto thefts, MPI says

Almost half of auto thefts in Manitoba are because owners left their keys in their vehicle, according to Manitoba Public Insurance. Winnipeg police and MPI urged drivers to stop leaving keys in vehicles and pay close attention to where they leave their keys, during a news conference Tuesday after some stolen vehicles were involved in high-speed police chases that left a trail of destruction in the city in recent weeks. Of the 3,100…

FRENCH GENDARMERIE CAPTURE KEY MEMBERS OF ARMENIAN MAFIA

On 14 January, some 200 officers from the Gendarmerie Nationale (French Gendarmerie) and Customs, with on-the-field support of Europol, targeted suspects across France believed to be part of an Eurasian mafia group composed mainly of Armenian individuals involved in large-scale poly-criminal activities, including cigarette smuggling, extortion and money…

LoJack Releases 10th Annual Vehicle Theft Recovery Report

Lojack have released their 10th installment of the Vehicle Theft Recovery Report, detailing stolen vehicle recoveries in 2018. This year’s report shows that the LoJack recovery data mirrors the trend of rising auto theft nationally and highlights how thieves are continuing to target popular vehicles. The report comes in the form of an infographic, which you can download here. Here are a few key insights from the report: Recovery Values…