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Hackers under the hood

New vehicles are packed with so much ICT that they are effectively ’data centres on wheels. They run millions of lines of onboard software: from advance driver assistance systems and engine sensors, to satnav and infotainment. Connected cars also process large volumes of incoming-outgoing data that flows through computerised componentry to ensure they arrive safely and efficiently at journey’s end. Such ‘smart’…

New cars including latest Mazda, Subaru and Vauxhall models are still vulnerable to keyless thefts as manufacturers are slammed for being slow to respond to the threat

New cars including the latest Mazda, Subaru and Vauxhall models are still vulnerable to keyless thefts, according to a new report. The study by Thatcham Research assessed the security features of 13 new cars and found that some were still coming to market with vulnerabilities. Manufacturers have been criticised for being slow to respond to the threat of relay attacks by thieves which has been blamed for a spike in car thefts in recent years,…

Police launch campaign to show how scooter theft enables other crimes

Thefts of scooters have become a perennial issue, particularly in London, in recent years for more than simply that crime, with assailants often going on to commit other crimes such burglaries and mobile phone snatches. As such, the Met Police is promoting its ‘Lock, Chain, Cover’ campaign with a new video that highlights the ‘Life of a Stolen Scooter’, showing it being thieved before it is used on a rampage of phone…

International car theft gang crushed in Alicante, Spain

Spain: The National Police have dismantled an organisation who specialised in vehicle theft. They are alleged to have stolen 80 vehicles which were then modified for shipment to North Africa. A total of 20 have been arrested, eleven in Alicante and nine in France. The organization was made up of highly skilled members who acted in a structured and hierarchical way. There were people stealing cars, mechanics, drivers and administrative…

Hyundai joins CESAR

CESAR, the Construction Equipment Security & Registration Scheme, is promoted by the Construction Equipment Association (CEA). Participating manufacturers, which include Cat, Case, Doosan, JCB, Kubota, Manitou and Merlo, tag their machines with Datatag ID technology so that if the machine goes missing or is stolen, its identity can be proven. Hyundai has now joined that list. Regional sales manager Tony Reeves said: “Our…

Police make three arrests in different counties after spate of catalytic converter thefts

Nottinghamshire Police have made three in arrests in different counties in connection with catalytic converter thefts. Warrants were executed in Lincolnshire and Leicestershire following reports of seven catalytic converter thefts from city car parks on November 25 2019. Four were from the Toton Lane park and ride site, two from the Phoenix Park park and ride and one at The Forest park and ride. Two men, aged 29 and 26, were arrested on…

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,…

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…

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…