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Why thieves love the older models of Ford pickup trucks

Ford trucks once again topped the list of most-stolen vehicles in Canada, according to the latest report from Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). But the thieves don’t want the new models: it turns out that nine of the 10 most stolen vehicles are all pre-2007 model years. So what’s the interest in stealing the old models? They don’t have electronic vehicle immobilizers, which prevent hot-wiring, IBC national director of…

HPD: More than 2,000 guns stolen out of cars in the last 10 months

HOUSTON — Houston police said they are seeing a rise in the number of guns stolen from cars. Sergeant Tracy Hicks from the HPD Auto Theft Crimes Task Force said more than 2,000 guns have been stolen from cars in the city in the last 10 months. He said that is an increase of 21 percent since last year. "It's not a good guy stealing your gun. It's a bad guy using it for who knows what," said Sgt. Hicks. "What is my gun being used…

Tarzana man gets 9 years in prison for scam involving high-end cars

SAN FERNANDO — A Tarzana man involved in a scheme centered in the San Fernando Valley that targeted buyers of luxury cars including Bentleys and Maseratis was sentenced Friday to nine years in state prison. Arman Mave Hazarian, also known as Dean Hazarian, pleaded no contest in October to three felony counts of grand theft auto and one felony count of grand theft. The 48-year-old man also admitted he had taken property valued at more…

NICB’s Hot Wheels: America’s 10 Most Stolen Vehicles (2018 Data)

DES PLAINES, Ill., Nov. 19, 2019  — The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released its annual Hot Wheels report, which identifies the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States. The report examines vehicle theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and determines the vehicle make, model, and model year most reported stolen in 2018. According to the FBI, in 2018, a total of…

Thatcham releases latest results of motion sensors in key fobs that block relay attacks

Car makers have finally begun to fight back against the epidemic of keyless car crime, new tests have revealed. Six of the latest models from major manufacturers including Audi, BMW, Ford and VW received the highest security rating available in a new round of assessments that scrutinises how well vehicles stand-up against 'relay' thefts. It found that many of the latest cars with keyless entry and keyless start systems now have motion…

Curbing Car Crimes: How a 100-Year-Old Car Theft Law Led to the Modern FBI

On August 12, 1908, the first Model T rolled off the assembly line at Henry Ford’s plant on Piquette Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. The arrival of the Model T, a mechanical marvel of its time, ushered in a new era of reliable, affordable transportation and travel for the American people. It also launched a new wave of crime. In these early days, cars were easy to steal. Few had built-in locks. Ignitions were primitive and easy to hotwire.…

The wolf among us: Fraud in auto finance

In the past year, Auto Finance News has tracked 20 cases of auto loan fraud in the United States alone. The schemes racked up more than $173 million in fake loans and stolen cars. But these data points only tell part of the story. Auto fraud is notoriously hard to catch, said Detective Alex Arenas, head of economic crimes at the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. In fact, less than 2% of fraud schemes are typically uncovered by law…

Five months after returning rental car, man still has remote control

When Masamba Sinclair rented a Ford Expedition from Enterprise Rent-a-Car last May, he was excited to connect it to FordPass. The app allows drivers to use their phones to remotely start and stop the engine, lock and unlock the doors, and track the vehicle's precise location. "I enjoyed it and logged into FordPass to be able to access vehicle features from my phone such as locking, unlocking, and starting the engine," Sinclair, who is 34,…

NICB Releases Annual Holiday Theft Report

DES PLAINES, Ill., Oct. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- New data released today by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) shows a total of 22,879 vehicles were reported stolen on the 11 holidays in 2018 covered in this report. NICB theft data is pulled from the National Crime Information Center's (NCIC) stolen vehicle file. Release Resources:  Report   |   Infographic   New Year's Day tallied the…

Calgary police crack vehicle theft ring after year-long investigation

After a year-long investigation into vehicle cloning in Calgary, police have issued arrest warrants for four people. In January, police executed a search warrant at Auto Detailing Specialists, located at 316 36th Ave. N.E., where they seized six stolen vehicles worth $730,000 and 119 grams of methamphetamine worth $10,000. Sgt. Graeme Smiley of the Calgary police district support unit said it was a significant auto-theft bust. “This is…