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Relay car theft - UK drivers at risk from having car hacked

According to figures from TRACKER, 96 per cent of motorists it surveyed are at risk of having their car stolen by criminals using a relay car attack.  In 2016, 66 per cent of TRACKER’s stolen vehicle recovery customer thefts were committed by way of a 'relay attack’, confirming how prevalent this crime is becoming in the UK.  Relay car hacks is when criminals use a pair of radio transmitters to intercept the…

LISTEN: Remote jamming detector combats crime in Brooklyn, South Africa

A vehicle remote jamming is putting the police on top in the fight against vehicle theft at the Brooklyn mall. Fidelity ADT installed the detector in an attempt to reduce thefts out of motor vehicles in the area. ADT community development manager, Gerrit Rheeder said the devices alerted the public to possible jamming activity so that motorists could be sure their vehicles had been successfully locked before walking away. The detector beeped…

NICB Reports Steep Drop in Metal Theft Claims

During this three-year period, 28,040 insurance claims for the theft of copper, bronze, brass or aluminum were handled — 27,450 of them (98 percent) involving copper. When copper theft claims frequency is compared to the monthly average price of copper, there is a statistically-significant correlation between the two. The top five states for metal theft claims over this period were Ohio (3,060), New Jersey (2,661), Pennsylvania (2,435),…

International vehicle theft and trafficking ring busted in Spain

The Spanish Guardia Civil, supported by the Bulgarian Police, Portuguese Police and Europol, have dismantled an international crime group dedicated to vehicle theft and the illicit trafficking of the vehicles from Spain to Europe. The operation resulted in the arrest of 19 individuals and the investigation of five other suspects, who are accused of belonging to a criminal organisation, vehicle theft, document fraud, and money…

GPS theft Sweden

Theft figures of GPS/Airbags/Xenon headlamps thefts Sweden q3 2017

Car parts thefts continue increases Stealing car parts continues to be attractive business for thieves. Swedish industry organization Larmtjänst follows the development on three selected components - steering wheel / airbags, navigation units and headlights (xenon). Between January 1st and September 30th, 2,874 theft cases of these types of car parts occurred and the damage costs amounted to SEK 166 million. In the county of Skåne,…

Cybersecurity measures announced by auto manufacturers

Brussels, 18 October 2017 – In order to mitigate the risks of cyberattacks that come with the ever-increasing connectivity of motor vehicles, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) today published six key principles of automobile cybersecurity, which all its members endorse. “The digital world offers unprecedented opportunities,” stated ACEA Secretary General, Erik Jonnaert. “Nevertheless,…

Governor Cuomo Announces More Than $3.7 Million in Grants to Combat Motor Vehicle Theft and Insuranc

October 16, 2017 Albany, NY Governor Cuomo Announces More Than $3.7 Million in Grants to Combat Motor Vehicle Theft and Insurance Fraud Crimes Funding Helps 24 Law Enforcement Agencies Hire Specialized Investigators; Pay Overtime Costs Two Statewide Organizations will use Grants to Provide Training, Education Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced more than $3.7 million in grants to help further reduce motor vehicle theft and insurance…

Where have a million missing motorcycles gone?

Past President of the UK Branch of IAATI, Dr Ken German, has published this article about motorcycle theft in a UK newspaper, The Telegraph.  The article looks at the rise fall and rise again of motocycle theft during the last 50 years in the UK  and the impact on theft levels in other countries. He also warns about offenders using stolen blank DVLA registration documents and recommends motorcycle owners…