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Impact of COVID on vehicle theft in Canada, South Africa and the Netherlands

With the 2020 vehicle theft statistics being compiled around the world, the impact of COVID on theft numbers is being revealed. Three separate reports have been released showing a decrease in   vehicle thefts in: Alberta, Canada,  South Africa Canada And soon to be released statistics from Australia show a similar trend For details of the findings in Alberta, Canad…

Is your car one of the most nicked? Motor thefts rose by a third last year

UK: Is your car one of the most nicked? Motor thefts rose by a third last year, DVLA data shows:  Some 74,769 vehicles were reported stolen to the DVLA in 2020, figures show  Thieves pinched an average of 205 vehicles per day last year - and ONS stats suggest that almost three quarters are never returned to owners We reveal the top 15 vehicles that were most prominently targeted by criminals Experts at Thatcham Research…

Increase in vehicle stolen while left running or with keys inside.

Each week we seeking more news reports about the increasing number of vehicles that are being stolen with they keys inside or left unattended with their engines running.   Here is another such report from Atlanta, GA, where "According to police records, the final week of December 2020 saw that 80% of all stolen vehicles were taken while the vehicles were left running or had spare keys inside of the vehicle. As for the onset of 2021,…

Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Range Rover Reading car thief stole more than £1 million’s worth of vehicles

A Reading man who took part in a major car theft operation around the country has been jailed for more than four years. Darius Lukauskas and Juozas Baltors stole cars before having them delivered to a 'chop-shop' in Peterborough where they were taken apart and shipped out of the country. They stole vehicles from areas of Berkshire including Bracknell, Twyford, Wokingham, Shinfield, Wokingham and Maidenhead The pair used sophisticated…

Keyless car theft surge prompts police warning

We are issuing a warning to all owners of vehicles which can be unlocked and started by using a keyless fob. The warning comes after a significant increase in this type of theft, especially among Mercedes owners, as the force has recorded 15 Mercedes thefts in past eight weeks. Keyless car theft happens when an offender uses a special device to capture the signal from a fob located inside a house, and transmits it to someone else near the…

Auto Thefts Surge In 2020 According to New NICB Report

A preliminary analysis by the National Insurance Crime Bureau shows auto theft took a dramatic leap upward in 2020 compared to 2019, reversing two years of auto theft declines. According to its initial study, there were 873,080 auto thefts in 2020, a 9.2 percent increase over 2019 which had 799,644 thefts, a boost of more than 73,000 thefts. “Preliminary reports indicate a sharp increase in automobile thefts for 2020,” said NICB…

Scammers Are Targeting Tesla Owners Via Snail Mail

The letter looks official and many could fall for the scam. Please note, I blotted out Gail’s address for obvious reasons. The letter reads as follows: ATTENTION: Gail Alfar, This letter is to inform you based on (unreadable), we have issued an active 14 day Vehicle Theft Location and Recovery service for your vehicle (unreadable) is st to expire on 1/25/2021.  Without an active registration, your service will expire and your…

More carjackings hit the city as Chicago police lay out plan to curb them

CHICAGO — Five more carjackings happened Thursday evening into early Friday morning as Chicago police try to tackle the ongoing crimes. The carjackings happened at the following locations and times: 400 block of North Cicero Avenue around 6:40 p.m. Thursday 4500 block of South Ellis Avenue around 8 p.m. Thursday 2100 block of West Cortland Street around 8:50 p.m. Thursday 4500 block of South Cicero Avenue 10:30 p.m. Thursday 9500…

Beware: Over 200 duped in new car theft scam in UAE – News

UAE authorities have warned residents selling their cars online to be extra careful in dealing with potential buyers, as the police have uncovered a new scam that emerged in 2020, when Covid-19 struck. The Dubai Police said they had received at least 250 reports from residents who had been duped into giving their vehicles to fraudsters who posed as buyers. The gangs, found to be run by criminals who had entered the UAE on a tourist visa, had a…

Organized crime groups targeting vehicles in Canada

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) recently revealed its list of the top 10 stolen vehicles across Canada, and, thanks to the pandemic, there were a few notable trends that drivers – and their brokers – should be aware of for 2021. “Street racing seems to be a trend that’s growing with some of the smaller vehicles, and one of the concerns is that some of the parts from stolen vehicles or the cars themselves are being…