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What Map Apps Track (and How to Get Them to Stop)

Consulting a handheld map or pulling into the gas station to ask for directions seem like road trip activities of the distant past, and most of us are grateful for the advances in technology that allow us to drive to a new location without worry. Top-rated map apps offer features such as live traffic updates and route creators — even accommodating multiple stops — and can help you plan the ultimate road trip with little stress. With…

New Zealand - Stolen boats being dismantled, repurposed, shipped overseas - police

Mandatory boat registration is not the answer to the issue of boat theft, industry leaders say. Baz Kirk, deputy director of engagement, communications and coordination at Maritime New Zealand, said there were no laws around registration of recreational boats, and no plans to change that any time soon. That is despite police data detailing hundreds of boats of all shapes, sizes and colours reported as stolen. Senior Constable…

With the heat wave comes crime: How the legislature keeps law enforcement funding at bay

For many, summer in Texas means escaping the heat, but Northwest Houston police are seeing a different type of wave on the horizon: burglary of motor vehicles.  At a recent Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce Safety and Security Task Force meeting in June, HPD commander Steve Spears noted a surge in burglary of motor vehicles (BMVs) in the Willowbrook area, up 30 percent from previous years. The area experiences high traffic due to…

Maryland gives new digital license plate technology a test drive

GLEN BURNIE — The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration launched a two-year pilot program, Tuesday, June 18, to test new digital license plate technology. The new plates, which are similar in size to conventional metal plates, are being tested on 20 MVA fleet vehicles and two Maryland Transportation Authority vehicles. With a Kindle-like electronic display that can be updated remotely, the plates’ new…

If you Like It, Lock It Campaign - July is declared ‘Watch Your Car’ month

The Texas Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority recently renamed to the MOTOR VEHICLE CRIMES PREVENTION AUTHORITY, a division of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, reminds drivers that a vehicle is burglarized every two minutes and stolen every eight minutes in the state. These crimes happen to us as citizens when we let our guard down. During these times, drivers are more likely to leave belongings within view inside…

Top 10 most stolen vehicles in Malaysia in Q1 2019

During the launch of its Vehicle Theft Awareness Campaign 2019, the Vehicle Theft Reduction Council of Malaysia (VTREC) also shared a list of the top 10 most stolen vehicles in the country in the first half of 2019. As usual, a ubiquitous national car continued to top the list. That car was the Proton Wira, with a total of 127 units stolen in the first three months alone, while the older Saga Iswara followed with 82 units. Close behind was the…

VTREC-PDRM Vehicle Theft Awareness Campaign 2019 launched – raising awareness to reduce theft

The Vehicle Theft Reduction Council of Malaysia (VTREC), together with the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), has launched its Vehicle Theft Awareness Campaign 2019 at the Bukit Aman police headquarters today. A non-profit joint venture between the General Insurance Association of Malaysia (PIAM), the police and a number of other government and non-government agencies, VTREC aims to raise awareness about the dangers of vehicle theft and how to…

Lille, FRANCE: dismantling of a car theft network by electronic piracy

Fifteen people were indicted. They are suspected of stealing at least 65 vehicles "by using electronic hacking of lock and immobilizer devices". Fifteen people were indicted in Lille, suspected of stealing at least 65 cars by hacking their electronic system before selling them in the south of France and the Swiss border, said Saturday the gendarmerie. The suspects, mostly domiciled in the Lille metropolis, allegedly stole very recent Peugeot…

NICB’s 2018 Hot Spots Vehicle Theft Report

DES PLAINES, Ill., June 25, 2019 — After adopting effective programs to reduce the vehicle theft problem in the Albuquerque, N.M. metropolitan statistical area (MSA), including the creation of a statewide Auto Theft Prevention Authority, much success has been achieved. Vehicle thefts in the Albuquerque MSA in 2018 were down more than 28 percent from 2016. However, the Albuquerque MSA continued to have the nation’s highest per capita…

Miami-Dade cop had eye on Lamborghini, but instead sold stolen Ford pickups

By David Ovalle and Charles Rabin June 24, 2019 04:43 PM, Updated June 24, 2019 07:05 PM The first time undercover cops tried to snare a Miami-Dade police officer named Orestes Verdura, detectives said he was working on a scheme to steal and then sell a Lamborghini owned by a friend. But that deal fell apart. Then, Miami-Dade prosecutors say, an informant tipped police off to a plan to peddle some less exotic vehicles, two Ford F-250s that…