Europe and the UK

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International vehicle theft and trafficking ring busted in Spain

The Spanish Guardia Civil, supported by the Bulgarian Police, Portuguese Police and Europol, have dismantled an international crime group dedicated to vehicle theft and the illicit trafficking of the vehicles from Spain to Europe. The operation resulted in the arrest of 19 individuals and the investigation of five other suspects, who are accused of belonging to a criminal organisation, vehicle theft, document fraud, and money…

GPS theft Sweden

Theft figures of GPS/Airbags/Xenon headlamps thefts Sweden q3 2017

Car parts thefts continue increases Stealing car parts continues to be attractive business for thieves. Swedish industry organization Larmtjänst follows the development on three selected components - steering wheel / airbags, navigation units and headlights (xenon). Between January 1st and September 30th, 2,874 theft cases of these types of car parts occurred and the damage costs amounted to SEK 166 million. In the county of Skåne,…

Cybersecurity measures announced by auto manufacturers

Brussels, 18 October 2017 – In order to mitigate the risks of cyberattacks that come with the ever-increasing connectivity of motor vehicles, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) today published six key principles of automobile cybersecurity, which all its members endorse. “The digital world offers unprecedented opportunities,” stated ACEA Secretary General, Erik Jonnaert. “Nevertheless,…

Where have a million missing motorcycles gone?

Past President of the UK Branch of IAATI, Dr Ken German, has published this article about motorcycle theft in a UK newspaper, The Telegraph.  The article looks at the rise fall and rise again of motocycle theft during the last 50 years in the UK  and the impact on theft levels in other countries. He also warns about offenders using stolen blank DVLA registration documents and recommends motorcycle owners…

UK: Police cuts ‘threaten efforts to end car cloning’

The UK Government has been warned that cuts to policing numbers could see fewer stolen cars than ever returned to their owners. At present nearly half of all cars stolen in the UK are never returned but vehicle security specialists have warned that reductions in the number of teams dedicated to tackling car crime could see this number rise. To read…

UK: Support considered for police in bike crime battle

New rules are being considered in a bid to stop gangs using motorcycles as getaway vehicles. Laws are to be reviewed in response to concerns that the police are struggling to effectively pursue and apprehend criminals on often stolen bikes.  Bike-related crime has risen threefold in the past 12 months, with much of this crime concentrated in London where gangs use bikes as getaway vehicles. It is believed that one of the reasons…

UK: Car theft is back on the rise in Manchester… and your stolen cars are going all the way to Saudi Arabia

The number of cars being stolen has risen dramatically in Greater Manchester, bucking a trend which for the last decade had seen thefts plummet due to hi-tech security features. Gangs swooping on high-end cars across Greater Manchester are now shipping them as far as the Middle East as part of a complex but lucrative conspiracy. Police say they are have already brought down or disrupted a number of prolific car thieves, but admit they have…

Car theft soars as criminals learn how to beat security devices

Latest statistics from England and Wales show that motor vehicle theft has increased 30% since 2013.   The RAC has obtained the figures from 40 police forces in England and Wales, which revealed that 85,688 vehicles were stolen last year, compared to only 65,783 in 2013.  London was the worst place for vehicle theft with nearly a third being taken from the capital, followed by the West Midlands, West Yorkshire and…