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New security toolkit to reduce truck theft

A new handbook about security and truck theft has been released by the European Commission. The toolkit will help truck drivers and haulage companies address truck theft. There have been several recent terrorist incidents in European cities where vehicles have been driven into crowds. Daniel Ekwall, Professor/docent of logistics at the University of Borås, is one of the key contributors to the toolkit. He is part of a project coordinated…

Easy Car Theft with a Jammer – UK Govt.

Blog Editor’s Note: A recent UK government report sounds the alarm for every nation about dependence on GNSS. As an example of one of dozens of vulnerabilities, the report describes how jammers are used along with a suite of other wireless tools to easily steal automobiles and prevent their recovery. Keyless car theft In the past few years, a new kind of car theft has been reported. A driver might park at a motorway service station to…

Proton Wira, Toyota Hilux favourite among Malaysian car thieves

KUALA LUMPUR: General Insurance Association of Malaysia (PIAM) today revealed that Proton Wira and Toyota Hilux are the most targeted vehicle models by car thieves in the country. Its chief executive officer, Mark Lim, said a total of 654 units of Wira and 537 units of Hilux were recorded for vehicle theft insurance claims in the last 12 months. However, according to the statistics issued by PIAM, vehicle insurance claims involving private…

South Africa installs remote jamming detector devices in shopping areas

New remote jamming detector devices that have been installed at crime hotspots in Bloemfontein are aimed at reducing vehicle break-ins and vehicle theft. These anti-crime devices have been installed at The Park Shopping Centre in Langenho­venpark and the Northridge Mall, among others. “The simple devices alert the public to possible lock-jamming activity, so that they can double check if they have properly locked their cars before…

Pick-Up Truck and Sport Utility Vehicle Tailgate Theft Claims (2016 – 2017)

DES PLAINES, Ill., Jan. 30, 2018 — The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reports today that insured tailgate thefts have stabilized since 2014. NICB analysis shows that in 2016, there were 1,877 claims for tailgate theft identified in ISO ClaimSearch®, an insurance industry claims database. That number decreased to 1,788 in 2017. There were 17 fewer thefts noted in this report when compared to the 2014–2015 theft…

“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…