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Ford claims new key fob with “sleep mode” prevents keyless car thefts

FORD has launched a new key fob that the company claims makes its cars impervious to “relay attack” thefts. The upgraded wireless fob, already supplied with all new Fiesta superminis, has what Ford calls a “sleep mode” that triggers if the motion sensor doesn’t detect movement for more than 40 seconds. Ford says this renders it impervious to car theft using “relay devices”, which amplify the signal of…

Insurers paid out £1m a day in vehicle theft payouts last year

In total, 2018 saw insurance companies pay out £16k a minute. Car insurers paid out a record-breaking £1 million a day in 2018 after a surge in vehicle thefts, including keyless car crime. According to the Association of British Insurers (ABI), the cost of payouts for thefts of and from vehicles topped £376 million - a 29 percent increase on 2017’s figures. Part of that increase was accounted for by the 12 percent rise…

Number of cars being cloned quadruples in six years

Police fear problem of car cloning is even more widespread than reports say The number of cars being cloned in the UK has quadrupled over the past six years, with industry sources blaming the easy availability of so-called ‘show plates’ and the rising number of stolen cars. Official figures from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) reveal just 1,255 vehicles were reported as cloned in financial year 2012/13, but that…

Six of the 11 New Cars Launched in 2019 Rated Poor for Security by Thatcham

• New consumer security rating to inform consumers around potential keyless entry/start vulnerabilities • Audi e-tron, Jaguar XE, Land Rover Evoque and Mercedes B Class 2019 models rated ‘Superior’ • 2019 models of Ford Mondeo, Hyundai Nexo, Kia ProCeed, Lexus UX, Porsche Macan and Toyota Corolla rated ‘Poor’ due to keyless entry/start vulnerability • Suzuki Jimny given ‘Unacceptable’…

London’s most wanted! Met Police plastering their mugshots onto vans

Britain's biggest police force are targeting dozens of wanted suspects by driving around London for a week - with their mugshots plastered on police vans. The 'targeted week of action' by the Met Police will include an appeal to the public for any information regarding unsolved crimes in London. Officers have put up 38 mugshots of wanted men and women on the sides of two police vans that will be driven around the capital all…

Huge fall in motorcycle theft

Tougher tactics by police appear to be making a real difference in the fight against motorcycle theft. New figures from the Home Office show that there were 27,000 motorcycle thefts over the course of 2018 – a sharp drop from the peak of 34,000 recorded during 2017. In even better news, this downward trend appears set to continue throughout 2019. This development comes as welcome news to the motorcycle community, which has seen a total…

Top 10 Cars ‘Stolen to Order’ in the UK

Car crime is a big problem in the UK but new research has revealed the top 10 cars that are stolen to order in the country. Car thieves have become prominent in the UK and new research has revealed the top 10 cars that are stolen to order. If you’re looking to purchase a new motor, it is worth checking if it is on the list of most stolen vehicles in the UK. According to figures from stolen vehicle recovery service, TRACKER, high-end…

Security holes found in big brand car alarms

Security flaws in three specialist car alarms have left vehicles vulnerable to being stolen or hijacked, say researchers. The bugs were found in alarm apps by Clifford, Viper, and Pandora. The alarms are on three million vehicles. The security researchers exploited the bugs to activate car alarms, unlock a vehicle's doors and start the engine via an insecure app. The expose has prompted the firms to upgrade security to remove the…

Bikers urged to ‘lock, chain, cover’ in Met campaign

The Metropolitan Police have launched a campaign to encourage motorcycle riders to secure their bikes as part of the Be Safe campaign. Over 45,000 motorcycle or moped thefts were reported in London from January 2015 to October 2018, and only 1200 people were ever charged with an offence. Chief Inspector Jim Corbett, from Operation Venice which tackles moped and motorcycle crime, said: “Officers from Operation Venice have worked hard…

Bike theft: No more cash for salvaged motorbikes

One of the UK’s largest salvage auctioneers will no longer make cash payments for written off vehicles. Starting from March 31, customers will be paid by bank transfer. It’s hoped that by insisting on a more rigorous payment method, it will deter criminals from attempting to sell bikes through salvage auctions. Salvage specialists Synetiq have taken this step after consulting with insurance companies and the West Midlands Police…