North and South Amercia

News from USA, Canada, Central and South America

How are criminals stealing cars via the coding of apps?

Speaking to Open Access Government, cybersecurity expert Asaf Ashekenazi of Inside Secure discusses the changing world of cybercrime. The interview covers new car-theft methods, protecting yourself, paradigm-shifts in the cybersecurity world, predictions for the future and the unknown security risks we face every day. This article follows our examination of keyless technology crimes, which you can read here. 1. How exactly are criminals…

NICB Supports Amendment That Will Close a Loophole for Car Thieves in Oregon

DES PLAINES, Ill., Feb. 14, 2019 — The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has joined a number of law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and public officials in support of a bill to close a loophole that has limited police in Oregon from arresting and prosecuting suspected car thieves. According to NICB’s Annual Hot Spots Report, between 2012 and 2017, vehicle thefts increased by more than 53 percent in Oregon. That compares…

Tesla’s Sentry add more safety for your car

According to federal statistics, there was an estimated one motor vehicle theft or attempted theft every 40.8 seconds in the United States in 2017— and that doesn’t even include the vast number of car break-ins that happen nationwide. To further enhance the security of our vehicles and give our customers additional peace of mind, today we’re starting to roll out a new safeguard – Sentry Mode – to protect against…

Six ways thieves can break into a car and how to prevent it

The days of hotwiring cars are long gone. Today’s thieves use a variety of sophisticated techniques to gain access to cars and start the engine. The police, car makers and the insurance industry are playing catch-up as techniques evolve and adapt quickly to modern cars. These measures are having some effect but as anti-theft systems become more advanced, so do the thieves. Below we outline six common methods used to steal vehicles that…

‘Auto Theft Accountability Program’ targets first-time youth offenders

February 4, 2019, by Giang Nguyen DAVENPORT, Iowa -- A new program to address the disproportionate number of juveniles involved in auto thefts is being proposed by officials at the Scott County Juvenile Detention Center, and it's focusing on first-time offenders. "So many of our juveniles who are being detained are coming in on auto theft charges. It’s probably about half of everyone we have in detention right now," says Jeremy…

Owner’s keys were left in vehicle in half of Manitoba’s auto thefts, MPI says

Almost half of auto thefts in Manitoba are because owners left their keys in their vehicle, according to Manitoba Public Insurance. Winnipeg police and MPI urged drivers to stop leaving keys in vehicles and pay close attention to where they leave their keys, during a news conference Tuesday after some stolen vehicles were involved in high-speed police chases that left a trail of destruction in the city in recent weeks. Of the 3,100…

LoJack Releases 10th Annual Vehicle Theft Recovery Report

Lojack have released their 10th installment of the Vehicle Theft Recovery Report, detailing stolen vehicle recoveries in 2018. This year’s report shows that the LoJack recovery data mirrors the trend of rising auto theft nationally and highlights how thieves are continuing to target popular vehicles. The report comes in the form of an infographic, which you can download here. Here are a few key insights from the report: Recovery Values…