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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…

Relay device captured by West Midlands Police

Car theft ‘relay’ devices seized in Birmingham

Police have seized car theft "relay" devices in what they believe is a first for a UK force. It comes after CCTV footage issued last month showed thieves in Solihull using a device - that tricks a car into thinking the key is present - to steal a Mercedes in less than a minute. West Midlands Police said equipment, not thought to be used in the theft, was recovered from a car.   To read more: BBC new…

I-TEAM: Careful where you charge your smartphone

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - It has become a habit in the age of smartphones: charge where and when you can, including vehicles. But you need to be careful where you decide to plug in your charging cord.  Information lives in cars in ways you may not expect. Most of us routinely give up that information when we sync or plug in our smartphones in a rental car or ride-sharing services like Uber. To read…

Met Police launch Operation Endeavour to combat keyless vehicle theft

Car theft across south east London and north Kent is rapidly rising due to organised criminals targeting keyless vehicles. Last year saw an eight per cent rise in vehicle theft across London, with more than 6,000 cars and vans stolen without the owners' keys. 192 keyless cars were stolen in Greenwich, which was the highest amount in south London. The majority of the thefts appear to be the result of criminals using…

Luxury vehicles stolen from Winnipeg dealerships by sophisticated fraudsters

Winnipeg police say they're facing a new trend in vehicle theft, in which criminals use a sophisticated scheme involving forged documents to fraudulently buy the cars from auto dealerships. Many are then shipped overseas and resold. Police on Thursday announced the results of a more than year-long investigation into such thefts, which resulted in several arrests, including one this past weekend. Police first learned of…