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5 charged in ‘highly-orchestrated’ vehicle theft ring: Peel police

Peel regional police say the discovery of more than half-a-million dollars worth of high-end stolen vehicles at an industrial storage unit in Mississauga in April led to the dismantling of a “highly orchestrated” organized crime ring. Peel police chief, Chris McCord, said officers discovered $620,000 worth of stolen vehicles in a unit near Highway 401 and Highway 10 on April 10. Two men, Chinese nationals in Canada on student…

Number of motor vehicle theft offences recorded in England and Wales from 2002/03 to 2018/19 (in 1,000s)

There were over 114 thousand motor vehicle thefts in England and Wales in 2018/19 and increase of over 8 thousand offences when compared with the previous year and an nine year high for this type of crime. Despite the recent increases, there were still fewer vehicle thefts than there were in 2002/03 when there were almost 307 thousand. This was followed by a steep ten-year decline which saw vehicle thefts reduced to just 70 thousand in…

Thieves are targeting tires-How to thwart them during National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month

WASHINGTON, D. C. (Thursday, July 18, 2019) –– Thieves are targeting tires, wheels, and rims sometimes in the still of the night and, in other cases, in broad daylight. Across the region, hapless victims are reporting they awoke from their slumber to find their vehicles left sitting on cinder blocks. Their tires and rims were stolen. It is a wake-up call for automobile owners every day, and especially during July,…

Vehicle Theft in India is the Fastest Growing Type of Crime in India

ehicle theft has become a serious problem in India and the crime is growing at an excellent rate. And it is increasing in both the rural as well as urban regions alike. The major reason for this is drivers don’t have access to anti-theft technologies. In the residential areas, people don’t have enough space to park their vehicles inside their house which has been playing a crucial role in increasing the number of vehicle thefts in…

Operation Benelli Is Now Stopping Northern UK Bike Thieves

Op Benelli isn't a band, but they're still making thieves dance to their tune. By now, you’ve probably heard that motorcycle theft is a major problem for our friends across the pond, all over the UK. One thing that has frustrated riders up and down the land is that police response hasn’t been as proactive as they would like. Opinions as to why are many, but facts are few. Now, one police force is stepping up to do something…

How Much Does Your Car Know About You? [Infographic]

Today’s vehicles can do just about anything — aside from driving themselves (yet). They can parallel park, monitor your blind spots, make phone calls, send text messages, and even give you massages. All of this additional automation means your car collects data on pretty much everything. Cars soak up information on who you are, where you’ve been, your driving habits, and much more. Automakers claim to use this data for…

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…