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Today’s High Tech Cars Could Drive More Auto Theft

Many features on today’s economy car would have been expensive options on yesterday’s high-performance luxury automobile. Those high tech features can drive up the costs of a crash, and may have a chain reaction of high auto theft. A proliferation of sensors, computers, connected devices, safety features, climate and entertainment systems have turned the everyday auto into a networked array of technology. After a collision, all of…

New security toolkit to reduce truck theft

A new handbook about security and truck theft has been released by the European Commission. The toolkit will help truck drivers and haulage companies address truck theft. There have been several recent terrorist incidents in European cities where vehicles have been driven into crowds. Daniel Ekwall, Professor/docent of logistics at the University of Borås, is one of the key contributors to the toolkit. He is part of a project coordinated…

Easy Car Theft with a Jammer – UK Govt.

Blog Editor’s Note: A recent UK government report sounds the alarm for every nation about dependence on GNSS. As an example of one of dozens of vulnerabilities, the report describes how jammers are used along with a suite of other wireless tools to easily steal automobiles and prevent their recovery. Keyless car theft In the past few years, a new kind of car theft has been reported. A driver might park at a motorway service station to…

“Keyless entry” systems at fault in Hague-area auto theft surge

The Dutch police are calling on motorists who drive a car with a 'smart' key to deactivate their 'keyless entry' function following a series of incidents in which cars were broken into in The Hague area. The thieves were able to empty out the cars without having to break open a door or window.  The 'keyless entry' function automatically unlocks the car when its key comes within its vicinity.  In the…

London Mayor call for better motorcycle security

Makers to be called on to change design to help prevent motorcycles being stolen Motorcycle manufacturers are attending a summit at City Hall today (23 January) where the Mayor will tell them it is vital that they help defeat motorcycle-related crime – which includes mopeds and scooters – in the capital by designing anti-theft measures into their vehicles. Last year* there were over 14,000 thefts of motorcycles in London and 23,430…

Car thefts up 30% as gangs beat new tech

Police data reveals there has been a 30% increase in car thefts over the past three years, as thieves bypass modern vehicle security systems. Security experts believe the rise is partly down to criminal gangs catching up with technology, with police footage released in November showing how they were able to steal vehicles without needing…

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…

Relay device captured by West Midlands Police

Car theft ‘relay’ devices seized in Birmingham

Police have seized car theft "relay" devices in what they believe is a first for a UK force. It comes after CCTV footage issued last month showed thieves in Solihull using a device - that tricks a car into thinking the key is present - to steal a Mercedes in less than a minute. West Midlands Police said equipment, not thought to be used in the theft, was recovered from a car.   To read more: BBC new…

Met Police launch Operation Endeavour to combat keyless vehicle theft

Car theft across south east London and north Kent is rapidly rising due to organised criminals targeting keyless vehicles. Last year saw an eight per cent rise in vehicle theft across London, with more than 6,000 cars and vans stolen without the owners' keys. 192 keyless cars were stolen in Greenwich, which was the highest amount in south London. The majority of the thefts appear to be the result of criminals using…