Europe and the UK

News items from Europe and the UK

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…

Stolen cars recovered in Spanish operation targeting vehicle trafficking

ALGECIRAS, Spain -  An operation targeting the trafficking of stolen vehicles in Spain has led to the recovery of nearly 20 cars in nine days. Led by the Spanish National Police and supported by INTERPOL’s Task Force on Stolen Motor Vehicles (SMV), Operation Paso del Estrecho (which means ‘crossing the straits’) was carried out from 28 July to 5…

Tesla is working on a new software update to help prevent theft after spike in stolen Teslas in Europe

A group of thieves in the Netherlands have managed to steal nearly a dozen of the luxury cars, according to Electrek, and no one’s sure why just yet. Whatever’s happening, reports suggest it’s part of an intricate operation—or it’s simply being handled by thieves who know their shit. The Dutch news site nrc.nl reports that “at least eleven” Tesla vehicles have been recently…

Warning over ‘huge spike’ in stolen bikes being sold on Instagram and Snapchat

Bikers have warned of a huge spike in stolen motorcycles being sold on social media platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat, often for a fraction of their true worth. Criminals believe social media provides them with a “safe haven”. Frequently the locks on the bikes are snapped and they are pushed away because it is not easy to start them while stealing.  Stolen bikes are allegedly sold for a fraction…

Up to 40% of road deaths in Europe are work-related

As new figures show road deaths in the European Union have not decreased in three years, a report from the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) says employers, national governments and the European Union must step-up efforts to tackle the problem of work-related road risk. Read more at:…