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Policing Minister chairs new taskforce to tackle vehicle theft

Published 15 January 2019 From: Home Office and The Rt Hon Nick Hurd MP The Policing Minister, Nick Hurd, has today (15 January) chaired a new taskforce to tackle vehicle theft. The taskforce replicates the successful model used to reduce moped-related crime in London, which fell by a third in the period from January to October 2018 compared with the same period in 2017 last year. It will drive forward action to reduce and prevent vehicle…

Organised insurance fraud gang jailed for 33 years

Eight members of the crime gang were jailed for a collective 32 years and 11 months. The ring leader of an organised crime group who ran a crash for cash scam, which conned insurance companies out of almost £1.2 million, has been jailed for six years. Fifteen other members of the group have also been sentenced following a thre- day hearing at St Albans Crown Court which concluded on Monday 7th January 2019, with eight people in total…

Bosch system is the “key” to preventing digital car theft

Perfectly Keyless is as secure as a fingerprint Bosch division president Harald Kröger: “Our Perfectly Keyless system revolutionizes keyless entry systems.” With Perfectly Keyless, there is no more trade-off between convenience and safety in keyless entry systems. Using data transmission with a built-in digital security lock, the owner’s smartphone is accurately identified Secure digital key management for…

Gone for good: Police fail to recover more than half of stolen cars in Britain, new probe reveals

Fewer than half of cars stolen in Britain are recovered and returned to their rightful owners, a new investigation has found. Just 45.3 per cent of motors taken without the consent of their keepers between 2009 and 2018 were traced and reclaimed by UK forces, research by motoring magazine Auto Express shows. Merseyside Police had the best recovery rates of 75 per cent, while West Midlands had the lowest with fewer than 12 per cent of…

People left key fobs inside their cars and auto theft hit an 8-year high

Thieves stole more vehicles in 2017 than they had in any single year since 2009 — and the biggest reason might have nothing to do with criminals being cunning. A combination of new technology and careless drivers spells opportunity for many criminals. And with the average price of vehicles climbing, there's added incentive as well.   With the proliferation of push-start buttons that can be activated as long as the key…

Half of drivers with keyless technology concerned about car hacking

Despite 110 car models being vulnerable to one of the most prevalent digital attacks – theft of the vehicle via hacking of the keyless entry and ignition system – only 50% of drivers with keyless access are concerned about their car being stolen, a new study shows. Research from the UK’s leading price comparison website, MoneySuperMarket, highlights the security flaws that hackers can exploit to attack your vehicle, from key…

13,000 catalytic converters stolen from UK cars

New figures show nearly 13,000 catalytic converters have been stolen from vehicle exhaust systems since 2013 Criminal gangs are jacking up cars in order to steal the catalytic converters from their exhaust systems and sell the precious metal contained within. A Freedom of Information investigation by The Times showed almost 13,000 catalytic converters have been stolen since 2013. Despite manufacturers attempting to make catalytic converters…