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Car thieves can steal cars in under a minute with tech sold on Amazon

Today’s cars are equipped with the latest security tech—things like remote locks and even engine immobilizers—but, as a new report shows, it’s actually getting easier to steal vehicles. The weak link in modern car security, according to a new report from the UK’s What Car, are the keyless entry systems and push button ignitions that are so commonplace today. Although those technologies make car ownership more…

What Makes Tesla Vehicles So Hard To Steal?

There are obvious answers to the above questions, as well as those that aren't so obvious. Thieves are having a hard time stealing vehicles made by Tesla. According to the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), Tesla's 2016-2018 Model S and Model X was among the least stolen vehicles, only beaten by the BMW 3 series. The institute claims this is due to electric cars typically being stored in garages where they're…

Microdots in vehicles to soon become reality in India

Last week, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways introduced a draft of proposed amendments to the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 in the context of microdots. This notification seeks to add the following sub-rule in the aforementioned Act: "The motor vehicles and their parts, components, assemblies, sub-assemblies etc. if affixed with microdot identifiers by the manufacturers shall comply with the requirements stipulated in standard AIS…

Penang car theft syndicate using electronics technology busted

GEORGE TOWN, MALAYSIA: Penang police have busted a vehicle theft syndicate using electronics technology to steal the vehicles, with the recent arrest of six men including the syndicate’s mastermind known as Ah Heng. Its Criminal Investigation Department chief, Datuk Zainol Samah today said six luxury vehicles valued at about RM530,000 that were reported stolen, were found by a police special team set up to track down the syndicate,…

Auto theft in the age of cybersecurity

In the days of “American Graffiti,” thieves could steal a car by using a Slim Jim to open the door, then touching the ignition wires together. With the move to electronic key fobs and computers, theft dropped dramatically. But the thieves have caught up – and with keyless ignitions it’s a simple matter for a tech-savvy thief to block the door lock signal or hack a vehicle's key fob. This new technology is dangerous…

Vehicle Theft in India is the Fastest Growing Type of Crime in India

ehicle theft has become a serious problem in India and the crime is growing at an excellent rate. And it is increasing in both the rural as well as urban regions alike. The major reason for this is drivers don’t have access to anti-theft technologies. In the residential areas, people don’t have enough space to park their vehicles inside their house which has been playing a crucial role in increasing the number of vehicle thefts in…

How Much Does Your Car Know About You? [Infographic]

Today’s vehicles can do just about anything — aside from driving themselves (yet). They can parallel park, monitor your blind spots, make phone calls, send text messages, and even give you massages. All of this additional automation means your car collects data on pretty much everything. Cars soak up information on who you are, where you’ve been, your driving habits, and much more. Automakers claim to use this data for…

What Map Apps Track (and How to Get Them to Stop)

Consulting a handheld map or pulling into the gas station to ask for directions seem like road trip activities of the distant past, and most of us are grateful for the advances in technology that allow us to drive to a new location without worry. Top-rated map apps offer features such as live traffic updates and route creators — even accommodating multiple stops — and can help you plan the ultimate road trip with little stress. With…

New Zealand - Stolen boats being dismantled, repurposed, shipped overseas - police

Mandatory boat registration is not the answer to the issue of boat theft, industry leaders say. Baz Kirk, deputy director of engagement, communications and coordination at Maritime New Zealand, said there were no laws around registration of recreational boats, and no plans to change that any time soon. That is despite police data detailing hundreds of boats of all shapes, sizes and colours reported as stolen. Senior Constable…

Top 10 most stolen vehicles in Malaysia in Q1 2019

During the launch of its Vehicle Theft Awareness Campaign 2019, the Vehicle Theft Reduction Council of Malaysia (VTREC) also shared a list of the top 10 most stolen vehicles in the country in the first half of 2019. As usual, a ubiquitous national car continued to top the list. That car was the Proton Wira, with a total of 127 units stolen in the first three months alone, while the older Saga Iswara followed with 82 units. Close behind was the…