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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…

Rise in RCMP pursuit collisions prompts policy review

Ten months after worrying he would lose his life in a police chase, RCMP Sgt. Stephen Browne returned to the quiet suburban street in Airdrie, Alta., just outside Calgary, where he and his partner had ended the pursuit.  "I received a crushed tibia plateau on my left leg, torn knee cartilage on my left leg as well," he recalled, surveying the stretch of road where he was injured.  "It hurts when you get run over by a car." Browne is…

3 more charged in ‘identity theft ring’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It's an issue that concerns us all. Constantly, you hear of new ways thieves are trying to steal your identity. Now, an affidavit lays out a case against a group federal investigator's call: 'the identity theft ring'. The group is accused of targeting victims in their own homes, stealing people's "mail, real estate listings, and other public records" to execute its scheme. They reportedly used that…

FBI release 2018 US Crime Statistics

In the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, motor vehicle theft is defined as the theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle. A motor vehicle is defined in the UCR Program as a self-propelled vehicle that runs on land surfaces and not on rails. Examples of motor vehicles include sport utility vehicles, automobiles, trucks, buses, motorcycles, motor scooters, all-terrain vehicles, and snowmobiles. Motor vehicle theft does not…