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1,600% spike in catalytic-converter thefts in Denver during pandemic

All Rebecca Hayes wanted were some bagels from Rosenberg’s. But when she got into her 2007 Prius on Thursday, the usual silence of an electric vehicle was replaced by what sounded like a Harley-Davidson. “I came out in the morning… and pressed the ‘on’ button and it just roared,” Hayes said. “It scared the crap out of me.” The Denver resident realized almost immediately that her catalytic…

Motor vehicle thefts in Milwaukee are up 152%. Auto repair businesses say the worst may be yet to come

This news article discusses that motor vehicle thefts in Milwaukee are up 152% compared to the the same time last year. It also discusses how Kia models are amongst the most popular theft targets amongst thieves, and as a result, repairers are facing a long wait for replacemnt parts.  The impact has also caused one car rental company to hide their Kia's in their parking lots to try and reduce their theft.  To read more visit:…

Impact of COVID on vehicle theft in Canada, South Africa and the Netherlands

With the 2020 vehicle theft statistics being compiled around the world, the impact of COVID on theft numbers is being revealed. Three separate reports have been released showing a decrease in   vehicle thefts in: Alberta, Canada,  South Africa Canada And soon to be released statistics from Australia show a similar trend For details of the findings in Alberta, Canad…

Increase in vehicle stolen while left running or with keys inside.

Each week we seeking more news reports about the increasing number of vehicles that are being stolen with they keys inside or left unattended with their engines running.   Here is another such report from Atlanta, GA, where "According to police records, the final week of December 2020 saw that 80% of all stolen vehicles were taken while the vehicles were left running or had spare keys inside of the vehicle. As for the onset of 2021,…

Auto Thefts Surge In 2020 According to New NICB Report

A preliminary analysis by the National Insurance Crime Bureau shows auto theft took a dramatic leap upward in 2020 compared to 2019, reversing two years of auto theft declines. According to its initial study, there were 873,080 auto thefts in 2020, a 9.2 percent increase over 2019 which had 799,644 thefts, a boost of more than 73,000 thefts. “Preliminary reports indicate a sharp increase in automobile thefts for 2020,” said NICB…

Scammers Are Targeting Tesla Owners Via Snail Mail

The letter looks official and many could fall for the scam. Please note, I blotted out Gail’s address for obvious reasons. The letter reads as follows: ATTENTION: Gail Alfar, This letter is to inform you based on (unreadable), we have issued an active 14 day Vehicle Theft Location and Recovery service for your vehicle (unreadable) is st to expire on 1/25/2021.  Without an active registration, your service will expire and your…

More carjackings hit the city as Chicago police lay out plan to curb them

CHICAGO — Five more carjackings happened Thursday evening into early Friday morning as Chicago police try to tackle the ongoing crimes. The carjackings happened at the following locations and times: 400 block of North Cicero Avenue around 6:40 p.m. Thursday 4500 block of South Ellis Avenue around 8 p.m. Thursday 2100 block of West Cortland Street around 8:50 p.m. Thursday 4500 block of South Cicero Avenue 10:30 p.m. Thursday 9500…

Organized crime groups targeting vehicles in Canada

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) recently revealed its list of the top 10 stolen vehicles across Canada, and, thanks to the pandemic, there were a few notable trends that drivers – and their brokers – should be aware of for 2021. “Street racing seems to be a trend that’s growing with some of the smaller vehicles, and one of the concerns is that some of the parts from stolen vehicles or the cars themselves are being…

New York State Police warn of car theft scam

State police are warning potential car sellers of a scam being perpetrated throughout the region. Troopers said there have been “multiple instances” of the scam in Livingston, Wayne, Monroe and other counties in Western New York and the Finger Lakes region. Two or more people respond to an online ad for used cars for sale and arrive at the owner’s residence to go for a test drive. “At some point during the test drive,…

Detroit Police seeing spike in airbag theft

Detroit police announced a significant arrest after a string of car breaks in the downtown area. The department's Commercial Auto Theft Team said they launched a second investigation after an uptick in airbag thefts.   See the video report:…