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Warning: new car theft scam in South Africa

Vehicle-tracking company Tracker says it has recently become aware of a car theft scam which is being used by a syndicate in South Africa. Customers are being contacted by the scamsters who are pretending to work for Tracker. They advise the customer that there is something wrong with their tracking device and that they need to come out to repair or replace the device. Once on-site, the perpetrators will claim that they need to test the…

Carjackings, Delivery Vehicle Thefts Spike During Pandemic

Amid the pandemic, carjackings and thefts of unattended delivery vehicles have skyrocketed in some cities and counties. Armed carjackers have victimized motorists at stoplights, parking garages and gas stations, according to police. Others have taken off in food delivery drivers’ idling cars while they’re picking up or delivering orders. Law enforcement officials say the spike in so-called hop-ins can be traced to the explosion in…

Biometric vehicle access forecasts climb, facial recognition features in more new car models

The market for biometrics in automobiles continues to see increased supply, with Cadillac, Buick, and China’s Human Horizons launching new models with facial recognition, a new document-signing capability from Syngrafii for automotive transactions, and a partnership between Cerence and an electric vehicle manufacturer on voice technology. The global market for biometric vehicle access systems is forecast to reach $1.56 billion by 2025,…

IAATI Press Release - 2019 Most Stolen Vehicles in the United States

2019 Most Stolen Vehicles in the United States Pickups are not only popular among drivers in the United States.  It seems vehicle thieves are also taking an interest.  A recent report by the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), a data clearinghouse within the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) division, finds that the Ford Full-Size Pickup was the most targeted vehicle by…

  • October 16, 2020

Car owners urged to take action as catalytic converter thefts soar 600%

Car owners, especially those with hybrid models, are being urged to take steps to protect themselves from organised gangs stealing catalytic converters. Thefts of the essential exhaust components rocketed 600 per cent last year, according to a BBC investigation, with drivers left with huge bills to replace the stolen parts. In 2018 there were around 2,000 reported thefts of catalytic converters in England and Wales but in 2019 this shot up to…

The cyber risk of virtual car keys

Allianz and RCAR have defined a global list of requirements for virtual keys Clients must still be able to prove total theft Virtual keys must not be duplicable Connected cars need to offer adequate protection from potential cyber risks, but at the same time they have to permit discrimination-free access to the vehicle’s data so that third parties can perform servicing. Just how complex that can turn out to be in practice was…

Tricks Thieves Are Using to Steal Cars in Kenya

Motor vehicle theft has gone a notch higher in Kenya, with a sophisticated crop of thugs engineering new tactics regularly. On Sunday, September 20, the DCI announced the arrest of 3 individuals believed to be part of a car theft syndicate that has been terrorising motorists in Nairobi as well as Mombasa County. "Pursuing a case where the victim hired his KCT 250T Toyota Axio on 26th July, 2020 to one of the suspects; George Morara Aboki for…

NICB: Leaving Keys In Your Car Can Leave You Without Your Car

DES PLAINES, Ill., Sept. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly a quarter million vehicles were stolen from 2017 through 2019 with their keys left inside according to an updated report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). However, of the 244,845 vehicles stolen with their keys inside, most were recovered. NICB analysts reviewed data contained in the National Crime Information Center's stolen vehicle file to produce this report.…

App makers arrested for aiding car theft; stolen car buyers flee

India: Noida police busted an interstate gang selling cars from Delhi-NCR and selling them in Kashmir and Meerut at cheap prices today. The police arrested six members of the gang of vehicle thieves from Pir Kat in front of Suman Bajaj Agency located in Sector 62, Noida. By unlocking the car through an app, this gang stole more than a hundred cars from Noida-NCR. Police have recovered 13 stolen cars from Delhi-NCR on the spot from the…

NICB Report: Motorcycle Thefts Fall Again

DES PLAINES, Ill., August 31, 2020 — Millions of people will take to the road over the Labor Day weekend, by jet, train, car, and motorcycle. If you are one of the tens of thousands of motorcyclists taking advantage of the great riding weather, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) urges you to protect your motorcycle from theft. Nearly 41,000 motorcycles were stolen in 2019, according to a new report by NICB, with most thefts…