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NICB: Leaving Keys In Your Car Can Leave You Without Your Car

DES PLAINES, Ill., Sept. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly a quarter million vehicles were stolen from 2017 through 2019 with their keys left inside according to an updated report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). However, of the 244,845 vehicles stolen with their keys inside, most were recovered. NICB analysts reviewed data contained in the National Crime Information Center's stolen vehicle file to produce this report.…

NICB Report: Motorcycle Thefts Fall Again

DES PLAINES, Ill., August 31, 2020 — Millions of people will take to the road over the Labor Day weekend, by jet, train, car, and motorcycle. If you are one of the tens of thousands of motorcyclists taking advantage of the great riding weather, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) urges you to protect your motorcycle from theft. Nearly 41,000 motorcycles were stolen in 2019, according to a new report by NICB, with most thefts…

Five Arrested in Connection to Crimes at Florida Car Dealership

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office of Statewide Prosecution, in coordination with the Florida Highway Patrol, identified a dealership in Broward County and Osceola County involved in a complex fraud scheme. Investigators established that the criminal enterprise, operating out of Auto Sports of South Florida, engaged in a scheme to fraudulently take possession of vehicles and apply for duplicate titles by…

Online Car Scams Shift Into High Gear (Part Two)

The Internet has made car shopping easier than ever—with websites that provide shop-from-home pricing information and inventory listings. But hiding amid the real online deals are a growing number of scams that can put vehicle shoppers and sellers on the road to a rip-off. In the second of two parts, Scam Alert explores a surge in phony escrow companies that falsely promise to provide security in the online purchase of a car. In part one,…

Selling or renting a vehicle? Be aware of the privacy risk in your infotainment systems

The infotainment systems in modern vehicles contain reams of data. Most people understand the privacy risks when selling or disposing of a personal computer or cellphone. The same awareness, however, doesn’t seem to be translating to the vehicles we drive when it comes time to trade them in for a new model. “I should perceive selling my car like I was selling my laptop,” says Mahesh Tripunitara, a professor of electrical and…

NICB Watercraft report 2020

NICB: 2019 Watercraft Theft Report

The National Insurance Crime Bureau today released its 2019 watercraft theft report. The report, based on theft data contained in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database, revealed that there was a total of 4,240 thefts in 2019—a decrease of 6% from 2018. To read more and to see the full report visit:…

Sudbury police nab luxury car thieves

Thieves using ID theft to target high-valued cars and SUVs across province Sudbury police say they stopped a "sophisticated, organized" group of car thieves from stealing luxury vehicles in the area. In a statement released Tuesday, GSPS say that a 35-year-old woman from Wasaga Beach was arrested at a local dealership after trying to buy a $77,000 vehicle. According to police, the woman used "very authentic" pieces of counterfeit provincial…

RAID Busts Criminal Organization’s VIN-Switch Operation, Recovers Nearly $1.5 Million-Worth of Stole

RIVERSIDE – “That is not my beautiful car.” – Imagine being scammed on the transaction of a luxury or newer car – then discover that armed, organized criminals delivered that ride to you. When innocent purchasers of newer and luxury vehicles throughout Southern Cal., Nevada, and Arizona found themselves duped – the Riverside Auto-Theft Interdiction Detail (RAID) stepped in. A several-month investigation,…

More than 70 premium cars stolen from dealership amid looting in Northern California

Police in Northern California are searching for suspects after rioters reportedly stole more than 70 premium cars from a dealership near San Francisco Sunday night. San Leandro Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealership owner Carlos Hidalgo said that although he blocked the exits as a precaution, the thieves “started ramming, ramming until they could get out. They took out chains and fence posts. It was a very malicious…

Lock your cars! Vehicle theft spikes in coronavirus pandemic

With more people than ever staying home to lessen the spread of COVID-19, their sedans, pickup trucks and SUVs are parked unattended on the streets, making them easy targets for opportunistic thieves. Despite silent streets and nearly nonexistent traffic, vehicle larcenies shot up 63% in New York and nearly 17% in Los Angeles from Jan. 1 through mid-May, compared with the same period last year. And many other law enforcement agencies around…