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Thatcham releases latest results of motion sensors in key fobs that block relay attacks

Car makers have finally begun to fight back against the epidemic of keyless car crime, new tests have revealed. Six of the latest models from major manufacturers including Audi, BMW, Ford and VW received the highest security rating available in a new round of assessments that scrutinises how well vehicles stand-up against 'relay' thefts. It found that many of the latest cars with keyless entry and keyless start systems now have motion…

Van thefts hit record levels: 45% increase in four years

Almost 10,000 vans and commercial vehicles were stolen in the UK last year – a 4% rise year-on-year and a 45% increase over the last four years. The figures show that vans in London and West Yorkshire are most at risk. Of the 9,371 van thefts reported in the past 12 months, 4,777 were stolen in Great London area – a rise of 15%. The biggest yearly increase in thefts was reported in Leicestershire with 10 times more vans stolen in…

Five months after returning rental car, man still has remote control

When Masamba Sinclair rented a Ford Expedition from Enterprise Rent-a-Car last May, he was excited to connect it to FordPass. The app allows drivers to use their phones to remotely start and stop the engine, lock and unlock the doors, and track the vehicle's precise location. "I enjoyed it and logged into FordPass to be able to access vehicle features from my phone such as locking, unlocking, and starting the engine," Sinclair, who is 34,…

Car thieves can steal cars in under a minute with tech sold on Amazon

Today’s cars are equipped with the latest security tech—things like remote locks and even engine immobilizers—but, as a new report shows, it’s actually getting easier to steal vehicles. The weak link in modern car security, according to a new report from the UK’s What Car, are the keyless entry systems and push button ignitions that are so commonplace today. Although those technologies make car ownership more…

What Makes Tesla Vehicles So Hard To Steal?

There are obvious answers to the above questions, as well as those that aren't so obvious. Thieves are having a hard time stealing vehicles made by Tesla. According to the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), Tesla's 2016-2018 Model S and Model X was among the least stolen vehicles, only beaten by the BMW 3 series. The institute claims this is due to electric cars typically being stored in garages where they're…

New UK Plant Theft Police Taskforce

The Construction Equipment Association (CEA) has said that it is looking forward to the creation of a new national police resource, to combat construction equipment theft in the UK. The CEA said the formation of a new police resource would complement the work of the Combined Industries Theft Solutions group (CITS) and the CESAR Network – the official industry plant marking and registration scheme designed to combat equipment…

Quads and horse boxes top thieves’ list as rural crime hits £2.8m in Northern Ireland

RURAL crime cost Northern Ireland £2.8 million last year, a rise of 3.9 per cent on 2017, according to insurer NFU Mutual. It says quads, livestock, trailers and horse boxes have topped thieves' wish list across the north. And in the UK as a whole, rural crime cost £50 million, an increase of 12 per cent on the previous year and the highest overall cost in seven years. Martin Malone, a NFU Mutual regional manager in Northern…