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UK: Support considered for police in bike crime battle

New rules are being considered in a bid to stop gangs using motorcycles as getaway vehicles. Laws are to be reviewed in response to concerns that the police are struggling to effectively pursue and apprehend criminals on often stolen bikes.  Bike-related crime has risen threefold in the past 12 months, with much of this crime concentrated in London where gangs use bikes as getaway vehicles. It is believed that one of the reasons…

UK: Car theft is back on the rise in Manchester… and your stolen cars are going all the way to Saudi Arabia

The number of cars being stolen has risen dramatically in Greater Manchester, bucking a trend which for the last decade had seen thefts plummet due to hi-tech security features. Gangs swooping on high-end cars across Greater Manchester are now shipping them as far as the Middle East as part of a complex but lucrative conspiracy. Police say they are have already brought down or disrupted a number of prolific car thieves, but admit they have…

South African Victims of Crime Survey 2017: Car theft, hijackings and more…

Statistics South Africa has published its annual victims of crime survey (VOCS). The survey of around 30 000 households provides details of personal experiences of crime. It also covers how thieves break into cars and what time they strike their victims. The reporting period is from April 2016 to March 2017. The report also lists its Repeat Victimisation Index (RVI). Quick vehicle crime facts:  - Number of household crime…

South Africa’s Signal Jamming Problem - Insurers Respond

SInce 2011 car remote jamming has become a huge problem in South Africa.  The bandits have been using simple garage remotes to jam the signal when you push the button on your car remote to lock your vehicle. Victims of remote jamming car theft have often been turned away by insurance companies. Now, they’re changing the way they handle claims.   To read…

Car theft soars as criminals learn how to beat security devices

Latest statistics from England and Wales show that motor vehicle theft has increased 30% since 2013.   The RAC has obtained the figures from 40 police forces in England and Wales, which revealed that 85,688 vehicles were stolen last year, compared to only 65,783 in 2013.  London was the worst place for vehicle theft with nearly a third being taken from the capital, followed by the West Midlands, West Yorkshire and…

‘Not perfect, but certainly very good’: Hawaii crime rate hits record low since 1975 - burglary and vehicle theft most common in 2016 and no police killed

Crime in Hawaii has sunk to the lowest levels ever recorded - with the attorney general hailing the news as a boost for both tourists and residents. A new report shows crime in the Aloha State is at its lowest rate since records began in 1975. Crime across the board is down, with both categories - violent and property -…