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NICB Reveals Mystery Device That Opens and Starts Vehicles

DES PLAINES, Ill., Dec. 7, 2016 – The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) says new technology is being used to not only unlock and open vehicles, but to also start and steal them. NICB recently obtained one of the so-called “mystery devices” that the public was first warned about over two years ago (release). At the time, thieves were being seen on security cameras across the country, using unknown devices to unlock…

Car Thieves Stay Busy Around the Holidays

NICB Says Car Thieves Stay Busy Around the Holidays When you’re making the rounds at the stores this holiday season, make sure your car isn’t on someone’s gift list. Unattended vehicles, especially those loaded with valuables, make attractive targets for thieves. Source:…

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How a Tesla can be stolen

Tesla is far ahead in the track when it comes to technology. They were also quick with an app that gives the owner of the vehicle a number option. Among other things it can be used to turn on and off lights, lock the vehicle and locate the vehicle. Tesla’s cars are also equipped with its own SIM card and is connected to the internet. How can inter alia provide wireless updates of the car along the way. Taking control with an app But all…

Ontario police bust luxury car theft ring that sold vehicles internationally

AURORA, Ont. – Police in the Toronto area have taken down a car theft ring that peddled luxury vehicles across the country and around the world. They said 23 people have been arrested and $5 million in vehicles, weapons, drugs and cash has been recovered as a result, including a 2016 Lamborghini Huracan. York Regional Police Chief Eric Jolliffe says the organized criminal operation began with the theft of a car left running in a…

Car theft prevention fund collects millions as car thefts skyrocket

DENVER -- Criminals broke Deshanette Brooks` heart and wallet when they ripped off “Betsy,” her family`s only car in the middle of the night. She’d purchased the 1996 Honda Accord with her tax refund so her sons, ages seven and eight, didn’t have to walk to school this winter. “I learned how to drive in her. I got my license in her. It`s me and my kids` first car. They`ve been walking all their lives,”…

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International gang who stole high end supercars tried to claim reward

By Rita Sobot and Hannah AL-Othman, www.dailymail.co.uk  A cocky gang of international car thieves stole a £300,000 Lamborghini and then planned to claim the €10,000 reward offered by its owner, Spanish police have revealed.  The luxury sports car, owned by a German man, was stolen from Mallorca this summer, and was later found in an Essex car showroom. Spanish, German and British police worked together to smash an…

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NICB: Catalytic Converter Thefts Still Smokin’

DES PLAINES, Ill.—The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reports today that from 2008 through 2015, there were 25,394 catalytic converter thefts across the nation. In 2008, there were 3,246 thefts of catalytic converters. That number rose to 3,986 at the end of 2015—an increase of 23 percent—according to a review of insurance claims data. These numbers reflect just insured thefts, so the actual number of all catalytic…