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Holiday heists: Amazon van thefts in St. Paul; $6.6M in Apple products taken in well-planned truck theft

‘Tis the season for vehicle thefts. Though the National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that Christmas has the lowest number of vehicle thefts, days leading up to the present-filled event can still present plenty of risk especially for parcel delivery carriers. In St. Paul, Minnesota thieves stole two Amazon delivery trucks over the weekend within 24 hours. Both trucks were loaded full of packages. One driver was held at gunpoint and…

How car thieves are changing their tactics during the pandemic

HOUSTON – Before the pandemic, a motor vehicle theft occurred about every seven minutes in Texas. Lt. Tommy Hansen, the chair of the Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority, said it is now closer to every six minutes. “We’re just seeing a massive increase in the numbers of thefts,” Hansen said. “We’ve got anywhere from 10% to almost 40% increases in certain areas of the state of Texas.” Read more…

Gangs launching ‘rollover raids’ on 50mph lorries to steal PS5s and cigarettes

Criminal gangs are carrying out daredevil raids on lorries at speeds of up to 50mph - with harnessed crooks clambering out of sunroofs, mounting bonnets and forcing open rear doors. The acrobatic assaults, known as rollovers, had been carried out 27 times to September, with their popularity likely ramping up in the run up to Christmas. High-value goods like PlayStation 5s, TVs and Apple products as well as consignments of booze, cosmetics and…

These are the 4 top hacking vulnerabilities in today’s cars

There’s a lot of digital technology packed into today’s vehicles.  Even before it’s turned on, a modern car is actively communicating with itself, its maker, its key, your phone, and many more digital points in a concerted effort to help make your life more convenient and safe. That’s the idea behind it all, anyway.  Unfortunately, there are those who would use those communication points as digital on-ramps…

Connected Car Report 2020: The Models Most Open To Hacks

“Connected Car Report 2020: The Models Most Open To Hacks," finds all of Car and Driver’s top 10 best-selling cars for 2020 clearly have features that allow wireless connectivity with safety critical systems and no known way to disconnect those systems. This leaves the vehicles vulnerable to an unprecedented, large-scale hack. To prepare the report, Consumer Watchdog reviewed technical specifications and surveyed dozens of sales…

Gone in 60 Seconds: The Latest High-tech Car Con

No threats, no guns, no violence – but your car is gone in the blink of an eye. It’s the 2020 incarnation of a sophisticated con that gets you to part with the keys to your high-end luxury vehicle – with a smile. A scam so slick that it’s left victims baffled after they willingly parted with their cars to complete strangers. Carte Blanche investigates. (video length 10 mins. 53 seconds): Click this link to see the…

Car-Hacking Expert Says Autonomous Cars Would Be Terrible Drug Mules

The idea of self-driving cars being used for crime has been suggested, but a car-hacking expert told us success for autonomous drug mules or other criminal endeavors is not that likely. The systems will surely be exploited at some point, experts told Car and Driver, but likely not for high-level crimes due to the expense, time, and knowledge it would take to pull it off. However, it's those working at ride-hailing companies and service…

Inter-state car theft racket busted in Navi Mumbai, 5 arrested – mumbai information

In a case much like what you see in motion pictures, the Navi Mumbai crime department busted an inter-state gang that duped folks by providing to hire their autos to company homes and resorts. The police went undercover as tenants and waiters in several housing societies and resorts to lure the gang members. The gang opened bogus firms, took possession of the autos together with their paperwork and later shut store and offered the autos in…

Toronto, Baltimore, New York intercept over 900 stolen cars bound for Nigeria, Ghana

Cities in North America, such as Toronto in Canada, Baltimore and New York in United States said they have intercepted many stolen vehicles bound to be exported to Nigeria, Ghana and other West African countries. York and Toronto police in a statement said they made a “large” recovery of 73 stolen cars worth more than $4.5 million in a joint investigation with the Canada Border Services Agency. Before the recovery, investigators…