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How Lehigh Valley investigators unraveled a scam involving 80 stolen cars and fraudulent court orders

It was a scam Robert E. Hunter had gotten away with more than 80 times: Steal a car, fudge the court order stating it was abandoned, then resell the vehicle and pocket the cash. Hunter, who is now serving a two- to four-year state prison term, was thwarted last year by detectives from the Lehigh County Auto Theft Task Force, who noticed something fishy about the documents Hunter was submitting to PennDOT and dug further, uncovering a string of…

Motorcycle theft is an epidemic, but one brand stands out among the rest

By Dr Ken German (Past IAATI UK Branch President).  Riding my Harley Davidson along the N340 through the Southern Andalusian mountains, the golden eagles floating above, was absolutely magic. But my ride came to a halt when a Spanish Guardia Civil police officer marched out in front of me and waved me to the back of a queue of other riders, all destined for an all-too-frequent road check. Spain has a motorcycle theft problem…

It is shockingly easy to steal a car in Oregon and not get prosecuted

Portland is the 5th-worst city in the nation for having your car stolen. Author: Cristin Severance Published: 8:43 AM PST March 6, 2019 Updated: 7:10 PM PDT March 12, 2019 PORTLAND, Ore. — According to national and local crime statistics, Portland is one of the worst cities in the country when it comes to how many cars are stolen per person in the city. Sherri Ominski has had her 1988 Toyota Camry stolen five times in and around the…

How likely are weaponized cars?

It is easy to become absorbed by the exaggerated Hollywood depictions of car hacking scenarios – to imagine a not-so-distant future when cars or their supporting infrastructures are hacked by criminals or terrorists and turned into lethal weapons. There are reasons why such a scenario has not happened yet. But could it? And if so, how can we prevent it? Some might argue that the likelihood of cars being weaponized is extremely low, but…

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NICB’s 2018 US Watercraft Theft and Recovery Report

The NICB have released their 2018 US Watercraft Theft and Recovery Report. This ForeCASTSM Report analyzes the 4,499 watercraft thefts and corresponding recoveries1 with information reported to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Crime Information Center (NCIC).  The 3 sections to this report consist of: an analysis of the watercrafts, a geographical analysis, and a temporal analysis.  “Section 1: The…

Infographic: The Technology Behind Car Hacking

With the rise of driverless and fully-electronic vehicles, the future of cars is exciting and limitless. Auto manufacturers have made important strides in technology that have improved the safety of our cars. However, as vehicles become increasingly more connected, the potential for car hacks will rise. Techaeris has developed an animated infographic with tips on how drivers can recognize and prevent car hacking against their vehicles. Click…

Security expert: Here’s how driverless cars could be hacked

David Kennedy, founder of TrustedSec (trustedsec.com) and Binary Defense Systems, is a white hat hacker and cybersecurity consultant to major corporations, manufacturers, financials and governments. Prior to the private sector, David worked for the US Marine Corps and was deployed twice to Iraq for intelligence related missions. The auto industry is rapidly moving toward a future of driverless cars. One of the main arguments in favor…

IBC aids major vehicle theft investigation

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has been assisting the Ottawa Police with investigations into auto theft in the region. The inquiries have led to recoveries of the stolen vehicles, as well as charges for the suspected individuals involved. Between May 2018 and August 2018, there have been approximately 50 motor vehicle thefts in Ottawa. The estimated total value of these thefts is $2.5 million. Since the thefts began, about $650,000 worth…

3 solutions to electronic car theft, a continuing threat to high-end Toronto automobiles

After a nice dinner in Yorkville mid-April, Danny Goulis and his wife drove back to their North Toronto home and parked their white 2017 Lexus.  Unable to sleep around 2 a.m., Goulis walked down to their living room, glancing out the window to see their car still parked outside.  An hour later, heading back up to bed, "I look out the window, there's no car," Goulis said. In an email, Toronto Police said they believe…

Regina police outline new strategy to tackle city’s auto theft problem

The Regina Police Service (RPS) is looking for more help from community partners to tackle the city’s rampant auto theft problem, as part of a revamped strategy announced Wednesday. Part of the solution may be an Offender Management Unit that RPS Chief Evan Bray hopes will come to fruition in the next year or two, bringing community partners together to address the complex needs and challenges of offenders. “No longer are we seeing…