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IAATI LatAm Branch - Fallecimiento del Sr. José Luis Cayon Crosswell

Siempre dije que hay Amigos del corazón y de la vida, los dos tienen su importancia. En este caso la vida me dio la oportunidad de conocer a una Gran persona, humilde, desinteresada, de corazón abierto… Ese fue Jose Luis… no bien nos conoció en el 2013, en Kansas… cuando solo éramos una quimera dentro del sueño de IAATI , se puso a disposición de un grupo que NO HABLABA INGLES, pero…

Three in Ten of All Car Theft Claims Are Catalytic Converters

Criminals have been targeting cars parked during lockdown to fuel the illegal trade of precious metals, according to the RAC and Ageas, one of the UK’s biggest car insurers. Ageas Insurance says it has seen a marked rise in theft of catalytic converters since the start of the first lockdown just over a year ago, with this type of crime now accounting for three-in-10 of all theft claims reported. Before the lockdown catalytic…

4 Ways Your Car Can Be Hacked and How to Prevent It

Cybercriminals are finding ways to bypass your automotive security defenses and hack into your vehicles. It doesn't come as a surprise though, because modern cars are essentially computers on wheels. They are loaded with embedded electronic control units (ECUs) that monitor and control core vehicle functions, including the navigation, steering, brakes, entertainment, and the engine itself. Here are some of the ways cybercriminals can access…

Thefts of Catalytic Converters Sweden

To add on the issue with thefts of all these Catalytic Converters. Before 2020 thefts of Catalytic Converters in Sweden were more or less unknown. However, from the beginning of 2020 we started to see an increase and it has continued. Sweden is a small country in the northern part of Europe but suffer a lot from vehicle related thefts, like luxury cars, heavy machinery, also boats, outboard engines etc. mostly operated by International…

Is your car one of the most nicked? Motor thefts rose by a third last year

UK: Is your car one of the most nicked? Motor thefts rose by a third last year, DVLA data shows:  Some 74,769 vehicles were reported stolen to the DVLA in 2020, figures show  Thieves pinched an average of 205 vehicles per day last year - and ONS stats suggest that almost three quarters are never returned to owners We reveal the top 15 vehicles that were most prominently targeted by criminals Experts at Thatcham Research…

Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Range Rover Reading car thief stole more than £1 million’s worth of vehicles

A Reading man who took part in a major car theft operation around the country has been jailed for more than four years. Darius Lukauskas and Juozas Baltors stole cars before having them delivered to a 'chop-shop' in Peterborough where they were taken apart and shipped out of the country. They stole vehicles from areas of Berkshire including Bracknell, Twyford, Wokingham, Shinfield, Wokingham and Maidenhead The pair used sophisticated…

Keyless car theft surge prompts police warning

We are issuing a warning to all owners of vehicles which can be unlocked and started by using a keyless fob. The warning comes after a significant increase in this type of theft, especially among Mercedes owners, as the force has recorded 15 Mercedes thefts in past eight weeks. Keyless car theft happens when an offender uses a special device to capture the signal from a fob located inside a house, and transmits it to someone else near the…

Now Car Thieves Are Using Wildlife Cameras

Car theft has absolutely skyrocketed throughout 2020, fueled in part by the COVID-19 shutdowns. We’ve seen criminals not only get more aggressive about stealing cars from dealerships and private citizens, but also turn to more creative measures. Now a report out of the UK details out how thieves are using wildlife cameras to stalk and steal classic cars. The scheme often starts with spotters checking out cars at local shows. When they…

4 in 5 vehicle-related thefts happen at night

Vehicle-related thefts increase by 10 percent during longer nights. That’s according to UK car insurance theft claims data for 2019. The report found that around 80 percent of vehicle-related thefts happen during the hours of darkness. Alarmingly, 79 percent of vehicle-related thefts occur at the driver’s home, with vehicles parked on the street (39 percent) most at risk. Despite this, around a quarter (23 percent) of drivers…