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“Keyless entry” systems at fault in Hague-area auto theft surge

The Dutch police are calling on motorists who drive a car with a 'smart' key to deactivate their 'keyless entry' function following a series of incidents in which cars were broken into in The Hague area. The thieves were able to empty out the cars without having to break open a door or window.  The 'keyless entry' function automatically unlocks the car when its key comes within its vicinity.  In the…

Keyan government launches new number plates to curb vehicle theft.

The Government has launched new motor vehicle registration number plates set to revolutionise motor vehicle identification in the country through use of modern chip technology. The new plates, developed by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), are geared towards taming the rising cases of car theft and traffic offences. NTSA Director of Communications Dido Guyatu said the plates bear an inbuilt chip to store firsthand information…

Premilimary US crime stats show a 4.1% increase in vehicle theft

Motor vehcile theft was one of the few property crimes to record a increase in the first six months of 2017 according to the FBI’s Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, January - June 2017.  Vehicle thefts increased 4.1% while overall reported property crime offenses dropped 2.9 percent in the first half of 2017 compared with the first half of 2016. In contrast to motor vehicle thefts, burglaries decreased 6.1 percent, and…

London Mayor call for better motorcycle security

Makers to be called on to change design to help prevent motorcycles being stolen Motorcycle manufacturers are attending a summit at City Hall today (23 January) where the Mayor will tell them it is vital that they help defeat motorcycle-related crime – which includes mopeds and scooters – in the capital by designing anti-theft measures into their vehicles. Last year* there were over 14,000 thefts of motorcycles in London and 23,430…

Vehicle Thefts up 27% in Mexico

Mexico suffered its highest vehicle theft figure in history with a 27% increase last year.  The number of vehicles stolen surged to 90,187 units last year, up from 70,925 in 2016, the director general of the Association of Mexican Insurance Institutions (AMIS) reported. Vehicle theft represented financial losses of 11.3 billion pesos (over US $614 million) in 2016, but in 2017 that figure rose to 14.4 billion pesos (almost $781…

NICB: Mississippi Acts to Protect Buyers from Flood of Flooded Vehicles

DES PLAINES, Ill., Jan. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Mississippi Insurance Department and the Mississippi Collision Repair Association have teamed up to protect residents from buying cars damaged by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Following the two storms, officials say thousands of flood-damaged vehicles have made their way from Texas, Louisiana and Florida into Mississippi to be eventually sold to unsuspecting buyers. Many of the…

Theft ring targeting Chevy tire and rims across Harris County, USA

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Do you own a Chevy truck? If you do, Harris County Precinct 2 deputies say to write your name on your tires. It sounds odd, but this simple step may prevent you from being the next target of a tire and rim theft ring. For the last 14 months, investigators say four to six men have stolen tires and rims on 31 Chevy trucks parked at homes or apartments in southeast Houston. They hit three to four residences a night and…

Rings smuggling cars via Thailand to Asean countries

BANGKOK: Malaysian car-jacking syndicates have been using Thailand as a transit point to smuggle stolen vehicles into other regional countries such as Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. According to Bukit Aman CID director Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd, the Royal Thai Police (RTP) had since 2015 recovered more than 100 stolen Malaysian vehicles in the kingdom and handed them over to their Malaysian counterparts. “Thailand is a transit…

Car thefts up 30% as gangs beat new tech

Police data reveals there has been a 30% increase in car thefts over the past three years, as thieves bypass modern vehicle security systems. Security experts believe the rise is partly down to criminal gangs catching up with technology, with police footage released in November showing how they were able to steal vehicles without needing…

Google Street View used to scan for vehicles by make, model and year

"The researchers started with a deep learning AI algorithm designed to be good with visual inputs, and trained it to recognize not just the difference between cars and trucks, but to break them down by make, model and year. That might sound complicated, but it’s just scraping the surface of the project. Once the AI tool—also known as a convolutional neural network, or CNN (yes, really)—was ready, the team had it analyze 50…