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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:…

Odometer fraud increasing in used-car market, experts warn

Vehicle experts are warning anyone in the market for a used car to be on the lookout for rolled-back odometers, which can trick consumers into believing a car has less mileage or wear and tear than it actually does. According to CARFAX, the number of vehicles on the road with a rolled-back odometer increased in 2020 by 13% compared to the previous year. "If you are shopping for a used car, this should be on your list of things that you are…

Carjacking Crackdown

The Minneapolis Police Department and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office say they have joined forces to arrest 50 people in an operation to crack down on carjackings in the city. Chief Medaria Arradondo and Sheriff Dave Hutchinson announced the arrests Tuesday, which were made after a three-day sting operation last week, which also yielded seven stolen vehicles, five guns and a pipe bomb. In total, there were 41 felony arrests and nine…

Holiday heists: Amazon van thefts in St. Paul; $6.6M in Apple products taken in well-planned truck theft

‘Tis the season for vehicle thefts. Though the National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that Christmas has the lowest number of vehicle thefts, days leading up to the present-filled event can still present plenty of risk especially for parcel delivery carriers. In St. Paul, Minnesota thieves stole two Amazon delivery trucks over the weekend within 24 hours. Both trucks were loaded full of packages. One driver was held at gunpoint and…

How car thieves are changing their tactics during the pandemic

HOUSTON – Before the pandemic, a motor vehicle theft occurred about every seven minutes in Texas. Lt. Tommy Hansen, the chair of the Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority, said it is now closer to every six minutes. “We’re just seeing a massive increase in the numbers of thefts,” Hansen said. “We’ve got anywhere from 10% to almost 40% increases in certain areas of the state of Texas.” Read more…

These are the 4 top hacking vulnerabilities in today’s cars

There’s a lot of digital technology packed into today’s vehicles.  Even before it’s turned on, a modern car is actively communicating with itself, its maker, its key, your phone, and many more digital points in a concerted effort to help make your life more convenient and safe. That’s the idea behind it all, anyway.  Unfortunately, there are those who would use those communication points as digital on-ramps…