Europe and the UK

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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:…

FOR THE HIGH JUMP Talented horse-rider and wannabe model jailed after acting as getaway driver for gang of car thieves who stole £700k worth of luxury cars

A TALENTED horse-rider and wannabe model has been jailed after acting as a getaway driver for a gang of car thieves who stole £700k worth of luxury motors. Kirstie Covele, 18, has been caged for two years after she drove the gang to 13 of the 33 burglaries they carried out during a two-month crime spree in Kent and South East…

Second hand car buyers could be tracked ... by the previous owner

An IBM security researcher has warned that previous car owners can easily maintain data connections to their cars after they have been sold, allowing them to monitor the new owners and carry out remote control functions such as locking and unlocking the car doors. Charles Henderson, the leader of X-Force Red, IBM’s security testing group, stumbled across the phenomenon by chance when selling his car. He noticed that not only did he have…