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Blitz on car theft gangs sees 100s arrested and 1,000+ stolen cars recovered

An operation targeting car theft gangs has netted almost 2,500 suspects this year and led to the recovery of more than 1,000 stolen vehicles. The offensive − named Operation Cantil − uses intelligence-led patrol strategies to ensure officers are in the right place at the right time to target crooks hunting high-value cars. Traffic units work through the night alongside specialist units, including dog teams, to target areas that…

UK cities where catalytic converter theft is most common

The theft of catalytic converters continues to rise across the UK, with the number of devices being stolen increasing six-fold in the last year alone, according to a new study by Compare The Market. With prices of precious metals on the up, criminals are taking more catalytic converters in order to get these materials. Hybrid cars have been a particular focus for criminals, with their lower emissions resulting in less-corroded metals in the…

How car thieves are changing their tactics during the pandemic

HOUSTON – Before the pandemic, a motor vehicle theft occurred about every seven minutes in Texas. Lt. Tommy Hansen, the chair of the Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority, said it is now closer to every six minutes. “We’re just seeing a massive increase in the numbers of thefts,” Hansen said. “We’ve got anywhere from 10% to almost 40% increases in certain areas of the state of Texas.” Read more…

Gangs launching ‘rollover raids’ on 50mph lorries to steal PS5s and cigarettes

Criminal gangs are carrying out daredevil raids on lorries at speeds of up to 50mph - with harnessed crooks clambering out of sunroofs, mounting bonnets and forcing open rear doors. The acrobatic assaults, known as rollovers, had been carried out 27 times to September, with their popularity likely ramping up in the run up to Christmas. High-value goods like PlayStation 5s, TVs and Apple products as well as consignments of booze, cosmetics and…

These are the 4 top hacking vulnerabilities in today’s cars

There’s a lot of digital technology packed into today’s vehicles.  Even before it’s turned on, a modern car is actively communicating with itself, its maker, its key, your phone, and many more digital points in a concerted effort to help make your life more convenient and safe. That’s the idea behind it all, anyway.  Unfortunately, there are those who would use those communication points as digital on-ramps…

Connected Car Report 2020: The Models Most Open To Hacks

“Connected Car Report 2020: The Models Most Open To Hacks," finds all of Car and Driver’s top 10 best-selling cars for 2020 clearly have features that allow wireless connectivity with safety critical systems and no known way to disconnect those systems. This leaves the vehicles vulnerable to an unprecedented, large-scale hack. To prepare the report, Consumer Watchdog reviewed technical specifications and surveyed dozens of sales…

Car-Hacking Expert Says Autonomous Cars Would Be Terrible Drug Mules

The idea of self-driving cars being used for crime has been suggested, but a car-hacking expert told us success for autonomous drug mules or other criminal endeavors is not that likely. The systems will surely be exploited at some point, experts told Car and Driver, but likely not for high-level crimes due to the expense, time, and knowledge it would take to pull it off. However, it's those working at ride-hailing companies and service…

Smart ways to tackle the rise in rural crime

RURAL crime, such as vehicle and livestock theft, is on the rise. Figures from the NFU Mutual Rural Crime Report 2020, reveal that rural crime cost the UK £54.3m in 2019, the highest it has been in the last eight years, and an increase of nine per cent from the previous year. Figures from 2019 show that agricultural vehicle theft is up by £1.9m to a total of £9.3m, livestock theft is up by £200,000, to a total of…

Car theft warning: Millions of drivers have no security - ‘essential’ steps to stop crime

Over five million cars could be at risk of crime as one in seven drivers admit to not having any security tools to protect from thieves. The new analysis revealed a massive 40 percent of road users do not have a simple car alarm installed on their vehicles in a major risk. Just 38 percent of motorists had a built-in steering lock connected to their vehicle to stop trespassers driving off with the car. More than 80 percent of motorists did not…