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UK Car Parks With Worst Crime Rates

Revealed: The busy car parks with the worst crime rates and ones where your vehicle is most likely to be safe.  Analysis of the 200 most-used car parks in the England, Wales, Northern Ireland.  It revealed that an NCP facility in Covent Garden, London, has the worst record.  Some 368 motor-related crimes were reported at the postcode in 2019-2020 NCP, the UK's biggest operator, dominates the standings for poor…

High Tech Thieves Targeting Keyless Entry Vehicles in Toronto

Toronto police are warning car owners in Scarborough to beware of high-tech thieves who have been using sophisticated equipment to steal cars that make use of keyless entry.  According to police, newer vehicles equipped with keyless fobs are being targeted and stolen from driveways in the area of 42 Division overnight.  Surveillance video released by Toronto police shows an example of one such incident. In the…

  • July 15, 2020

Where Your Car Is Most Likely to Be Stolen in Every State

Over 700,000 cars were stolen in the United States in 2018, or 229 motor vehicle thefts for every 100,000 Americans. Those thefts disproportionately occurred in the nation’s urban areas. In some cities, the motor vehicle theft rate is well over 1,000 per 100,000 residents, and in nearly every state, there is at least one city with a higher rate than the national average.  24/7 Wall St. reviewed property crime data from the…

  • July 15, 2020
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The ‘Game Boy’ That Steals Cars

Retro gaming devices have been turned into £20,000 gadgets which can unlock cars without breaking the locks or windows, the AA has warned. The most common keyless theft involves criminals ‘relaying’ a signal from the fob inside the owner’s home to the vehicle outside. But thieves are now using sophisticated gadgets which allow them to enter luxury vehicles without the need to relay from a nearby fob. One such device is…

Five Arrested in Connection to Crimes at Florida Car Dealership

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office of Statewide Prosecution, in coordination with the Florida Highway Patrol, identified a dealership in Broward County and Osceola County involved in a complex fraud scheme. Investigators established that the criminal enterprise, operating out of Auto Sports of South Florida, engaged in a scheme to fraudulently take possession of vehicles and apply for duplicate titles by…

New Jersey Theft Ring Stole Over 30 Cars and Sold Them Online

A car theft ring leader accused of stealing over 30 vehicles and selling them online has been arrested and charged, prosecutors in New Jersey announced Wednesday. Warren Guerrier, 43, of Newark, was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft, according to the U.S. Attorney District's Office of New Jersey. Prosecutors say Guerrier and his conspirators scouted out vehicles at…

  • July 9, 2020

Children’s Identities Stolen by Massive Nationwide Fraud/Auto Theft Ring

NEW ORLEANS — More than 20 people were arrested in connection with a fraud and auto theft investigation conducted by the Louisiana State Police (LSP) along with other surrounding law enforcement agencies. Multiple agencies conducted an investigation into a group of individuals who had originally utilized a Mandeville resident’s stolen identity to purchase a vehicle, according to LSP. During the early stages of the investigation,…

  • July 6, 2020

Arrests Made in Major San Diego Auto Theft Scam

Two men allegedly involved in an auto theft scheme targeting Latinos are behind bars, while another suspect remains at large and is believed to be in the San Diego area, authorities said Wednesday. Abel Chairez, 40, and Juan Echeagaray, 49, are accused of perpetrating the scam that netted around $475,000 from more than 17 victims. A third suspect, Salvador Mullaly, 52, has not been captured and authorities said he should be considered armed and…

  • July 6, 2020

Online Car Scams Shift Into High Gear (Part Two)

The Internet has made car shopping easier than ever—with websites that provide shop-from-home pricing information and inventory listings. But hiding amid the real online deals are a growing number of scams that can put vehicle shoppers and sellers on the road to a rip-off. In the second of two parts, Scam Alert explores a surge in phony escrow companies that falsely promise to provide security in the online purchase of a car. In part one,…

Selling or renting a vehicle? Be aware of the privacy risk in your infotainment systems

The infotainment systems in modern vehicles contain reams of data. Most people understand the privacy risks when selling or disposing of a personal computer or cellphone. The same awareness, however, doesn’t seem to be translating to the vehicles we drive when it comes time to trade them in for a new model. “I should perceive selling my car like I was selling my laptop,” says Mahesh Tripunitara, a professor of electrical and…