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Many DC Victims of Car Theft Use Same Carsharing App, AG Warns

A large number of people who had their car stolen in the District of Columbia this year turned out to be using the carsharing app Getaround to make extra money by renting their personal vehicles, Attorney General Karl Racine warned residents in a statement. Since the start of 2020, more than 200 auto thefts have been reported to authorities in D.C. And over 75 of the victims were Getaround users, according to Racine. In a consumer alert the…

International car theft gang crushed in Alicante, Spain

Spain: The National Police have dismantled an organisation who specialised in vehicle theft. They are alleged to have stolen 80 vehicles which were then modified for shipment to North Africa. A total of 20 have been arrested, eleven in Alicante and nine in France. The organization was made up of highly skilled members who acted in a structured and hierarchical way. There were people stealing cars, mechanics, drivers and administrative…

Hertz employee charged with grand theft auto for illegal rental scheme

He was supposed to be working for a rental car company at the airport. Instead, he was ripping the company off and giving his friends a cheap ride, according to police, who put the brakes on his scheme. Donald Poole officially worked for Hertz Rental Car, but he was apparently running his own, illegal side business that landed him in jail, charged with grand theft auto. “This was just a dirty employee that became the target of our…

New Report Shows Most Keyless Cars Easier to Steal Than Thought

Keyless ignitions are now standard in more than half of the 17 million cars sold annually, according to the New York Times. And you can see the appeal — turning your car on and off with the push of a button is slick. It also allows for quicker access to your vehicle should you end up alone in a parking lot at night. But a new report by Which? found that keyless cars are alarmingly easy to break into. Of the 237 models…

  • February 2, 2020

Hyundai joins CESAR

CESAR, the Construction Equipment Security & Registration Scheme, is promoted by the Construction Equipment Association (CEA). Participating manufacturers, which include Cat, Case, Doosan, JCB, Kubota, Manitou and Merlo, tag their machines with Datatag ID technology so that if the machine goes missing or is stolen, its identity can be proven. Hyundai has now joined that list. Regional sales manager Tony Reeves said: “Our…

New Mexico Chop Shop Bill a Top NICB Priority

New Mexico’s auto theft problem is well-known. Since 2016, the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) has ranked, per capita, number one on the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s annual Hot Spots vehicle theft report. And according to FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, New Mexico’s 2018 auto theft rate per capita is around double that of Arizona and Texas, the two states that border both New Mexico and…

Police make three arrests in different counties after spate of catalytic converter thefts

Nottinghamshire Police have made three in arrests in different counties in connection with catalytic converter thefts. Warrants were executed in Lincolnshire and Leicestershire following reports of seven catalytic converter thefts from city car parks on November 25 2019. Four were from the Toton Lane park and ride site, two from the Phoenix Park park and ride and one at The Forest park and ride. Two men, aged 29 and 26, were arrested on…

How to prevent car break-ins: Turn off your Bluetooth

Those apps that scan for devices using Bluetooth could sound great. The AirPods have fallen out of the ear and they're somewhere in the house. Whip open the app to find them. Or that lost phone, missing tablet or even camera. All good, right?   But you're not the only one using them – and that's not good. "A new phenomenon has made its way to car theft," the Folsom California Police Department noted on…

Five arrested in multi-state car theft ring in Madison; dozens of fake credit cards found

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Five people have been arrested in a multi-state car theft ring. Officers conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 55 on Tuesday, January 21. The officer noticed that the tag appeared to be switched on the truck and later confirmed that it was stolen from Carmel, Indiana. While investigating, the officer found an embossing machine that was being used to make fake credit cards. The cards were imprinted with names and…

Identity thief who stole from hundreds of victims caught in raid, sheriff’s office says Read more h

A four-month identity theft investigation led to an arrest of a man at his southeast Fresno home on Friday. Authorities found fake identifications, at least two stolen cars, printers, computers, stolen credit cards and driver’s licenses when they raided the home on Kerckhoff Avenue near Tulare and Chestnut avenues, Fresno County Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said. “Detectives will have to go through evidence and make sense…