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Microdots in vehicles to soon become reality in India

Last week, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways introduced a draft of proposed amendments to the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 in the context of microdots. This notification seeks to add the following sub-rule in the aforementioned Act: "The motor vehicles and their parts, components, assemblies, sub-assemblies etc. if affixed with microdot identifiers by the manufacturers shall comply with the requirements stipulated in standard AIS…

Penang car theft syndicate using electronics technology busted

GEORGE TOWN, MALAYSIA: Penang police have busted a vehicle theft syndicate using electronics technology to steal the vehicles, with the recent arrest of six men including the syndicate’s mastermind known as Ah Heng. Its Criminal Investigation Department chief, Datuk Zainol Samah today said six luxury vehicles valued at about RM530,000 that were reported stolen, were found by a police special team set up to track down the syndicate,…

Nissan pickup replaces the Tsuru as Mexico’s most-stolen vehicle

After a 10-year run of having the distinction of being Mexico’s most-stolen vehicle, the Nissan Tsuru has had to take a back seat to the brand’s NP300 pickup, according to the Association of Mexican Insurance Companies (AMIS). Thieves stole 5,554 NP300s and 5,260 Tsurus in the 12-month period ending June 30.   Nissan NP300                            …

Auto theft in the age of cybersecurity

In the days of “American Graffiti,” thieves could steal a car by using a Slim Jim to open the door, then touching the ignition wires together. With the move to electronic key fobs and computers, theft dropped dramatically. But the thieves have caught up – and with keyless ignitions it’s a simple matter for a tech-savvy thief to block the door lock signal or hack a vehicle's key fob. This new technology is dangerous…

5 charged in ‘highly-orchestrated’ vehicle theft ring: Peel police

Peel regional police say the discovery of more than half-a-million dollars worth of high-end stolen vehicles at an industrial storage unit in Mississauga in April led to the dismantling of a “highly orchestrated” organized crime ring. Peel police chief, Chris McCord, said officers discovered $620,000 worth of stolen vehicles in a unit near Highway 401 and Highway 10 on April 10. Two men, Chinese nationals in Canada on student…

Number of motor vehicle theft offences recorded in England and Wales from 2002/03 to 2018/19 (in 1,000s)

There were over 114 thousand motor vehicle thefts in England and Wales in 2018/19 and increase of over 8 thousand offences when compared with the previous year and an nine year high for this type of crime. Despite the recent increases, there were still fewer vehicle thefts than there were in 2002/03 when there were almost 307 thousand. This was followed by a steep ten-year decline which saw vehicle thefts reduced to just 70 thousand in…

Thieves are targeting tires-How to thwart them during National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month

WASHINGTON, D. C. (Thursday, July 18, 2019) –– Thieves are targeting tires, wheels, and rims sometimes in the still of the night and, in other cases, in broad daylight. Across the region, hapless victims are reporting they awoke from their slumber to find their vehicles left sitting on cinder blocks. Their tires and rims were stolen. It is a wake-up call for automobile owners every day, and especially during July,…

Vehicle Theft in India is the Fastest Growing Type of Crime in India

ehicle theft has become a serious problem in India and the crime is growing at an excellent rate. And it is increasing in both the rural as well as urban regions alike. The major reason for this is drivers don’t have access to anti-theft technologies. In the residential areas, people don’t have enough space to park their vehicles inside their house which has been playing a crucial role in increasing the number of vehicle thefts in…

Operation Benelli Is Now Stopping Northern UK Bike Thieves

Op Benelli isn't a band, but they're still making thieves dance to their tune. By now, you’ve probably heard that motorcycle theft is a major problem for our friends across the pond, all over the UK. One thing that has frustrated riders up and down the land is that police response hasn’t been as proactive as they would like. Opinions as to why are many, but facts are few. Now, one police force is stepping up to do something…

How Much Does Your Car Know About You? [Infographic]

Today’s vehicles can do just about anything — aside from driving themselves (yet). They can parallel park, monitor your blind spots, make phone calls, send text messages, and even give you massages. All of this additional automation means your car collects data on pretty much everything. Cars soak up information on who you are, where you’ve been, your driving habits, and much more. Automakers claim to use this data for…