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Second hand car buyers could be tracked ... by the previous owner

An IBM security researcher has warned that previous car owners can easily maintain data connections to their cars after they have been sold, allowing them to monitor the new owners and carry out remote control functions such as locking and unlocking the car doors. Charles Henderson, the leader of X-Force Red, IBM’s security testing group, stumbled across the phenomenon by chance when selling his car. He noticed that not only did he have…

Tracking Dart

Delta police use GPS darts to track fleeing vehicles

Canada: Eight Delta police vehicles have been equipped with GPS dart technology that allows officers to attach a tracking projectile onto a suspect vehicle that fails to stop.  The dart is placed inside a compartment on the grill of the police vehicle and can be activated from inside. Once launched, it attaches to the rear bumper or licence plate of an offending vehicle, and the officer is able to track it through a GPS system. Read…

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NICB Reveals Mystery Device That Opens and Starts Vehicles

DES PLAINES, Ill., Dec. 7, 2016 – The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) says new technology is being used to not only unlock and open vehicles, but to also start and steal them. NICB recently obtained one of the so-called “mystery devices” that the public was first warned about over two years ago (release). At the time, thieves were being seen on security cameras across the country, using unknown devices to unlock…

Car Thieves Stay Busy Around the Holidays

NICB Says Car Thieves Stay Busy Around the Holidays When you’re making the rounds at the stores this holiday season, make sure your car isn’t on someone’s gift list. Unattended vehicles, especially those loaded with valuables, make attractive targets for thieves. Source:…

Ontario police bust luxury car theft ring that sold vehicles internationally

AURORA, Ont. – Police in the Toronto area have taken down a car theft ring that peddled luxury vehicles across the country and around the world. They said 23 people have been arrested and $5 million in vehicles, weapons, drugs and cash has been recovered as a result, including a 2016 Lamborghini Huracan. York Regional Police Chief Eric Jolliffe says the organized criminal operation began with the theft of a car left running in a…

Car theft prevention fund collects millions as car thefts skyrocket

DENVER -- Criminals broke Deshanette Brooks` heart and wallet when they ripped off “Betsy,” her family`s only car in the middle of the night. She’d purchased the 1996 Honda Accord with her tax refund so her sons, ages seven and eight, didn’t have to walk to school this winter. “I learned how to drive in her. I got my license in her. It`s me and my kids` first car. They`ve been walking all their lives,”…