News

California law loophole leads to car theft crisis that leaves tourists in the crosshairs

Car thefts have become a part of life for out-of-state tourists in California because of a loophole in state law that leaves many break-ins unpunished. Law enforcement is stymied by a state law that says it only counts as a felony burglary if the car doors were locked, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. “It’s ridiculous that under current law you can have a video of someone bashing out a car window, but if you…

Catalytic converter thefts up tenfold in 2019

Thieves make money from the precious metals housed in catalytic converters. Thefts of vehicles’ catalytic converters have risen tenfold over the course of 2019, according to figures from a leading insurer. According to AA Car Insurance, thefts of catalytic converters, or ‘cats’ have increased dramatically since January, with a huge increase in the number of claims the company has received for such thefts. Back in January,…

Car thieves’ most-wanted list and the luxury cars being sold for as little as £1,000

he models at the top of cars thieves’ most-wanted list have been revealed as new data shows stolen prestige vehicles being sold on for as little as £1,000. An investigation by car security experts AX has revealed a “shopping list” of desirable models as well as the shockingly small sums they then changes hands for on the black market. The top of the list is made up of cars from just four manufacturers - Audi, BMW,…

‘A switcheroo with the keys’: B.C. man warns about emerging trend in car theft

A Surrey, B.C. father is warning private vehicle sellers about a trick he suspects two would-be buyers used, after he discovered his car had been stolen hours after a test drive. Kyle Pruden listed his 2005 Chevy Cobalt for sale on Craigslist in early December, hoping to raise some extra cash to give his seven-year-old son Marcus, who lives with autism and a bone condition, a great Christmas. “My son is having surgery in early January…

Your car’s been recalled: motorists warned about new car theft scam

JOHANNESBURG - A local insurance company has issued a warning to car owners about a new modus operandi in which motorists are being scammed into handing their car over to criminals under the pretense that it has been recalled. According to King Price, the client receives a phone call, as well as a follow-up e-mail, from a phony dealership claiming that a safety recall was in place and that the company was sending a flatbed truck to collect the…

From car keys to perfectly keyless. Over 100 years of Bosch car locking technology

Did the first motor carriages actually have locks? How did motorists in the last century prevent their vehicles from being stolen? It’s a long story. It tells of how theft protection first became necessary when people who were previously unfamiliar with cars learned how to start them in the first place. It also illustrates that people could only safely leave their valuables in the car when it had lockable doors, windows, and a roof. Even…

Lock Your Shops: Authorities uncover $1.6m car theft ring in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Hamilton, Ontario — Four people have been charged after police busted an alleged $1.6-million car theft ring spanning southern Ontario and exporting high-end vehicles out of the country. Local police began the investigation⁠—dubbed ‘Project Seagull’—in August 2019 after they became aware of the thefts. The ring, which operated out of Hamilton, Ont., targeted mainly rental cars, according to…

Police deploy clever tech to crack motorcycle crime

Britain’s leading bike crime expert says that despite a reduction in UK thefts, it’s still a massive problem and has outlined how police are turning to social media and modern tech in a bid to stem the flow of stolen motorcycles. Dr Ken German, who spent 25 years with the Met’s stolen vehicle squad, told MCN that theft figures for 2019 are expected to hit 24,000 bikes, taking the tally for the last five years to 141,000…

Malayasia - Police cripple high-tech car theft ring

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have crippled a syndicate using high-tech gadgets to steal luxury vehicles that are then resold as cloned vehicles.The syndicate was able to clone a vehicle’s key-fob (security device used to access services and data) and drive off within 10 minutes. The tools included GPS trackers and key-fob replicator devices. City police chief Comm Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said they were alerted to the syndicate’s activities…

Why thieves love the older models of Ford pickup trucks

Ford trucks once again topped the list of most-stolen vehicles in Canada, according to the latest report from Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). But the thieves don’t want the new models: it turns out that nine of the 10 most stolen vehicles are all pre-2007 model years. So what’s the interest in stealing the old models? They don’t have electronic vehicle immobilizers, which prevent hot-wiring, IBC national director of…