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Huge drop in moped thefts confirmed in London

Moped theft in London dropped by 56 per cent compared with monthly figures from last year, new statistics from the Metropolitan Police have revealed. The number of reported crimes in August 2018 more than halved when compared to July 2017, when moped-related offences were at their highest. In the period from January-August 2018, there was a 32.6 per cent reduction compared with the same period last year. The Home Office has said that this drop…

Thieves are stealing Honda airbags and reselling them on the black market

In the past, car thieves have gone for unattended items, radio head units, and even the car itself. Now they’re going for airbags. According to a report by USA Today, there has been a recent spike in airbag thefts in many major markets around the country. The airbags, which can sell for over $1,000 a piece on the black market, are being stolen disproportionately from new Honda vehicles like the Civic and Accord, and leaving owners saddled…

Mitigating cyberthreats in vehicles

In acts of terrorism, vehicles have been deployed as killing machines. These incidents involved human operators, but another sinister possibility looms: a vehicle cyber hack intended to cause human harm. While this kind of terrorist attack has not yet occurred, in the realm of security research, it’s been demonstrated how hackers could gain control over car systems like the brakes, steering and engine. In acts of terrorism, vehicles…

END OF THE ROAD FOR FUEL FRAUDSTERS: EU LAW ENFORCEMENT SEIZE 2.2 MILLION KG OF ILLICIT FUEL

A six-month long joint operation targeting organised crime groups involved in fuel fraud has resulted in the arrests of 25 suspects so far and the seizure of 2.2 million kg of illicit fuel. This illegal trade can cause damage to vehicles’ engines, as the product is not compliant with the relevant European standards. Consequently, it can also be a risk to consumer health and…

2017 Hot Wheels

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released its annual Hot Wheels report, which identifies the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States. The report examines vehicle theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and determines the vehicle make, model and model year most reported stolen in…

The new motorway robbery: 6 suspects arrested in France and Poland for EUR 1.5 million cargo robbery

With the support of Europol and Eurojust, the French Gendarmerie and Polish Criminal Police have dismantled an organised crime group suspected of having committed at least 36 cargo thefts for a total estimated damage of EUR 1.5 million. 15 properties were searched simultaneously this week in Gorzow (Poland) and Nancy (France), and 3 suspects arrested in each…

Hackers Can Steal a Tesla Model S in Seconds by Cloning Its Key Fob

A team of researchers at the KU Leuven University in Belgium on Monday plan to present a paper at the Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems conference in Amsterdam, revealing a technique for defeating the encryption used in the wireless key fobs of Tesla's Model S luxury sedans. With about $600 in radio and computing equipment, they can wirelessly read signals from a nearby Tesla owner's fob. Less than two seconds of computation…

California Governor Signs Law Reducing Wait Time to Track Stolen Vehicles

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation allowing car rental companies to use GPS surveillance on vehicles that have not been returned within 72 hours after the contract return date or extension of the return date. Rather than having to wait five days to report a vehicle stolen and seven days to locate the vehicle using GPS, AB2620, introduced by Bay Area Assemblymember Phil Ting in February, significantly reduces the time…

Dark web identity theft used to steal accident replacement hire cars

Criminals are stealing accident replacement hire cars by using stolen identities obtained on the dark web. The latest case saw fraudsters using stolen identities – offered for sale on the dark web – to report a collision between a Mercedes S-Class and a Range Rover Evoque in South East London. After securing a high value replacement car, the thieves crossed the border and took it to Brussels. The stolen vehicle was recovered after…