Europe and the UK

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Zero Tests New Anti-Theft Device, Catches First Thieves In Hours

Only hours after commencing theft tracking tests, Zero’s bikes are stolen, and then recovered just hours later Motorcycle theft is an increasingly rampant issuing plaguing major cities across the UK, and though the trend isn’t as acute on this side of the pond, motorcycle theft is nonetheless on the rise in the US too. As the unfortunate trend in crime grew, Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London—a city hit…

Met launches campaign asking Londoners to lock, chain and cover their bikes

As well as billboard adverts, the campaign will run on petrol pump screens, buses and online. The aim is to stop the theft of scooters and reduce their use in further crimes such as snatches, burglaries and transporting drugs and weapons. In 2017, more than 14,000 scooters were stolen and many were used to commit 23,500 further crimes. Many of these machines were then either dumped or broken to be sold for their spare parts. Metropolitan…

Online retailers `irresponsible´ for selling car theft tool, police say

Police have called on Amazon and eBay to stop selling hi-tech tools which are feared to be helping drive up vehicle thefts. West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has written to the online internet giants to say it “is not responsible” for them to openly sell a key programmers tool which has become a favourite among criminals. They work by taking information from the car’s on-board computer,…

Just one in five convicted car thieves receive a custodial sentence - the rest are issued paltry fines averaging £198, new figures reveal

Over 200 cars reported stolen in England and Wales every day from 2012 to 2016 Only 7,045 criminals were prosecuted for theft of motor vehicles in that spell Just 20% were handed custodial sentences averaging 21 months The rest were issued fines averaging less than motorists receive if caught using a mobile device at the wheel Punishment for car thieves is far too lenient, according to new research. Of the 7,405 criminals prosecuted for…

Theft of keyless Ford Fiestas soar as crooks use electronic devices from eBay to break in

Britain's best-selling car – the Ford Fiesta – is being targeted by thieves who can override the keyless entry system using a £260 device available on eBay. Cleveland Police said that it's had 90 reports of keyless vehicle theft since December – with half of them being Fiestas. It said each car was stolen using technology that bypasses keyless entry systems, meaning thieves don't need to steal keys from homes…

Large cross-border vehicle theft ring busted in Poland

Police have seized 55 cars and identified car parts stolen from Germany in a joint operation between German and Polish law enforcement. Since 27 February 2018 nearly 200 police officers and technical and forensic experts have taken part in operations in western Poland to bring down one of the largest organised crime groups involved in vehicle theft in both Germany and Poland. The Polish prosecutor overseeing the case has asked for assistance…