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UK cities where catalytic converter theft is most common

The theft of catalytic converters continues to rise across the UK, with the number of devices being stolen increasing six-fold in the last year alone, according to a new study by Compare The Market. With prices of precious metals on the up, criminals are taking more catalytic converters in order to get these materials. Hybrid cars have been a particular focus for criminals, with their lower emissions resulting in less-corroded metals in the…

Carjacking Crackdown

The Minneapolis Police Department and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office say they have joined forces to arrest 50 people in an operation to crack down on carjackings in the city. Chief Medaria Arradondo and Sheriff Dave Hutchinson announced the arrests Tuesday, which were made after a three-day sting operation last week, which also yielded seven stolen vehicles, five guns and a pipe bomb. In total, there were 41 felony arrests and nine…

Holiday heists: Amazon van thefts in St. Paul; $6.6M in Apple products taken in well-planned truck theft

‘Tis the season for vehicle thefts. Though the National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that Christmas has the lowest number of vehicle thefts, days leading up to the present-filled event can still present plenty of risk especially for parcel delivery carriers. In St. Paul, Minnesota thieves stole two Amazon delivery trucks over the weekend within 24 hours. Both trucks were loaded full of packages. One driver was held at gunpoint and…

How car thieves are changing their tactics during the pandemic

HOUSTON – Before the pandemic, a motor vehicle theft occurred about every seven minutes in Texas. Lt. Tommy Hansen, the chair of the Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority, said it is now closer to every six minutes. “We’re just seeing a massive increase in the numbers of thefts,” Hansen said. “We’ve got anywhere from 10% to almost 40% increases in certain areas of the state of Texas.” Read more…

Gangs launching ‘rollover raids’ on 50mph lorries to steal PS5s and cigarettes

Criminal gangs are carrying out daredevil raids on lorries at speeds of up to 50mph - with harnessed crooks clambering out of sunroofs, mounting bonnets and forcing open rear doors. The acrobatic assaults, known as rollovers, had been carried out 27 times to September, with their popularity likely ramping up in the run up to Christmas. High-value goods like PlayStation 5s, TVs and Apple products as well as consignments of booze, cosmetics and…

These are the 4 top hacking vulnerabilities in today’s cars

There’s a lot of digital technology packed into today’s vehicles.  Even before it’s turned on, a modern car is actively communicating with itself, its maker, its key, your phone, and many more digital points in a concerted effort to help make your life more convenient and safe. That’s the idea behind it all, anyway.  Unfortunately, there are those who would use those communication points as digital on-ramps…

Connected Car Report 2020: The Models Most Open To Hacks

“Connected Car Report 2020: The Models Most Open To Hacks," finds all of Car and Driver’s top 10 best-selling cars for 2020 clearly have features that allow wireless connectivity with safety critical systems and no known way to disconnect those systems. This leaves the vehicles vulnerable to an unprecedented, large-scale hack. To prepare the report, Consumer Watchdog reviewed technical specifications and surveyed dozens of sales…

Gone in 60 Seconds: The Latest High-tech Car Con

No threats, no guns, no violence – but your car is gone in the blink of an eye. It’s the 2020 incarnation of a sophisticated con that gets you to part with the keys to your high-end luxury vehicle – with a smile. A scam so slick that it’s left victims baffled after they willingly parted with their cars to complete strangers. Carte Blanche investigates. (video length 10 mins. 53 seconds): Click this link to see the…

Car-Hacking Expert Says Autonomous Cars Would Be Terrible Drug Mules

The idea of self-driving cars being used for crime has been suggested, but a car-hacking expert told us success for autonomous drug mules or other criminal endeavors is not that likely. The systems will surely be exploited at some point, experts told Car and Driver, but likely not for high-level crimes due to the expense, time, and knowledge it would take to pull it off. However, it's those working at ride-hailing companies and service…