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Car thieves in Malaysia have gone high-tech, using device to unlock car with keyless entry: Report

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Owners of cars using the keyless entry system are at risk of having their vehicles stolen in minutes by a frequency-hacking device that is available in Malaysia. The device, which costs about RM150 (S$50) and can be obtained online or at some electronics stores, can unlock a car and start its engine by hacking its radio frequency identification (RFID) information. A source said the device could…

Proton Wira, Toyota Hilux favourite among Malaysian car thieves

KUALA LUMPUR: General Insurance Association of Malaysia (PIAM) today revealed that Proton Wira and Toyota Hilux are the most targeted vehicle models by car thieves in the country. Its chief executive officer, Mark Lim, said a total of 654 units of Wira and 537 units of Hilux were recorded for vehicle theft insurance claims in the last 12 months. However, according to the statistics issued by PIAM, vehicle insurance claims involving private…

South Africa installs remote jamming detector devices in shopping areas

New remote jamming detector devices that have been installed at crime hotspots in Bloemfontein are aimed at reducing vehicle break-ins and vehicle theft. These anti-crime devices have been installed at The Park Shopping Centre in Langenho­venpark and the Northridge Mall, among others. “The simple devices alert the public to possible lock-jamming activity, so that they can double check if they have properly locked their cars before…

Keyan government launches new number plates to curb vehicle theft.

The Government has launched new motor vehicle registration number plates set to revolutionise motor vehicle identification in the country through use of modern chip technology. The new plates, developed by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), are geared towards taming the rising cases of car theft and traffic offences. NTSA Director of Communications Dido Guyatu said the plates bear an inbuilt chip to store firsthand information…

Rings smuggling cars via Thailand to Asean countries

BANGKOK: Malaysian car-jacking syndicates have been using Thailand as a transit point to smuggle stolen vehicles into other regional countries such as Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. According to Bukit Aman CID director Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd, the Royal Thai Police (RTP) had since 2015 recovered more than 100 stolen Malaysian vehicles in the kingdom and handed them over to their Malaysian counterparts. “Thailand is a transit…

Google Street View used to scan for vehicles by make, model and year

"The researchers started with a deep learning AI algorithm designed to be good with visual inputs, and trained it to recognize not just the difference between cars and trucks, but to break them down by make, model and year. That might sound complicated, but it’s just scraping the surface of the project. Once the AI tool—also known as a convolutional neural network, or CNN (yes, really)—was ready, the team had it analyze 50…

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…

Malaysia: Foreign-registered vehicles will need VEP

The Malaysian governmnet has announced that all foreign-registered vehicles coming into Malyasia will require a Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) in addition to the Road Charge. Upon paying the VEP vehicles would be issued with a a Radio Frequency Indentification (RFID) tag to be placed on the windshield of their vehicles.  They claim the VEP will help identity the number of foreign vehicles entering Malaysia and also to prevent car…

South African Victims of Crime Survey 2017: Car theft, hijackings and more…

Statistics South Africa has published its annual victims of crime survey (VOCS). The survey of around 30 000 households provides details of personal experiences of crime. It also covers how thieves break into cars and what time they strike their victims. The reporting period is from April 2016 to March 2017. The report also lists its Repeat Victimisation Index (RVI). Quick vehicle crime facts:  - Number of household crime…