MORE THAN £271million was paid in compensation by insurers for stolen cars in the past 12 months - a third more than last year. Keyless cars have been blamed for the 11 per cent rise in settled claims, as the tech has triggered a wave of 30-second thefts. A record £23million is currently being paid out every single day for stolen motors, body damage and personal injury. The shocking figures were released at the ABI (Association of British Insurers) Motor Conference today. So-called relay thefts are when a signal-boosting device is used near a keyless car - usually, outside the home of where the key is kept - which unlocks the vehicle in a matter of seconds. Countless CCTV footage filming the ease of the theft has been released since the widespread introduction of the tech. CCTV footage of a Mercedes being stolen in 23 seconds by thieves using a device to trick the car’s keyless entry system in Essex Car makers are yet to come up with a solution for the problem, beyond … [Read more...] about Keyless cars have sparked a rise in autos theft by a third – and all drivers are paying for it
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Mike Martindale The Detroit News Published 6:21 PM EST Nov 8, 2018 Brighton Township — An outgoing member of the state Auto Theft Prevention Authority sparred Thursday with the director of the Michigan State Police at a board meeting concerning the alleged misuse of funds, saying he believed he was not reappointed to the board for expressing concerns. Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe, a veteran law enforcement officer who has been on the authority's board for nearly eight years, again pressed State Police Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue about answers to allegations from a federal lawsuit filed by suspended Lt. Scott Woodard, the board’s former executive director. “I firmly believe the only reason I am not being reappointed is my dispute with you,” McCabe told Etue during the meeting at the MSP's Brighton Post, saying he was confused after learning recently he would not be reappointed by Gov. Rick Snyder. Last … [Read more...] about Outgoing auto theft board member challenges Michigan State Police head
Halloween may be the scariest night of the year, but it's no longer the holiday you need to be most afraid of your car being stolen on. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau's annual report on holiday auto theft, that dishonorable distinction now belongs to New Year's Day — so while you're popping the cork on Jan. 1, there's an increased likelihood someone may be boosting your car. Related: How to Avoid Holiday Car Theft New Year's Day typically is no slouch when it comes to cars being stolen. The 2017 list (using 2016 theft-report data from the National Insurance Crime Center database) ranked it No. 3 on NICB's list. This year, using 2017 figures, New Year's Day ascends to No. 1 with 2,469 auto-theft reports. That's a nearly 11 percent spike compared with the daily average for that year of 2,228, and it comprises 128 more theft reports than the monthly average for January of 2,341. Not a great way to ring in the new year, huh? Unless you're Halloween, that is, … [Read more...] about Criminals Don’t Take a Holiday: The 11 Biggest Holidays for Auto Theft
Mike Martindale The Detroit News Published 10:13 p.m. UTC Jul 17, 2018 Dimondale – Board members of the state Auto Theft Prevention Authority sparred at a special meeting Tuesday over allegations of possible illegal expenditures, leading one member to question afterward whether oversight of the agency should be transferred away from the Michigan State Police. The meeting came after The Detroit News reported last month that the authority's former executive director had filed a whistleblower lawsuit against two top officials of the Michigan State Police, claiming they discriminated against him after he reported concerns that task force funds had been spent on state police expenses without board approval. Lt. Scott Woodard, a veteran MSP officer, had expressed his concerns to two board members in November 2017 and a few months later, found state police inspector Michael Johnson at his door demanding Woodard's uniforms, badge and gun and telling him he was no longer … [Read more...] about Auto theft board spars over misspending claims
Summer is heating up across the U.S., but some cities are hotter than others when it comes to car theft. For the second year in a row, the National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that Albuquerque, N.M., and its surrounding metropolitan area had the highest per capita auto-theft rate in 2017, logging 9,989 thefts. Related: How to Get Your Stolen Car Back While the list was also heavy with many California-city repeats, two Midwest newbies joined this year, both from Missouri: St. Joseph (No. 5) and Springfield (No. 10). But how did these small Show-Me State cities, populations 76,901 and 165,138, respectively, outrank a massive, sprawling metropolis with millions and millions of residents? The NICB's annual Hot Spots report examines vehicle-theft data from the National Crime Information Center for each of the nation's metropolitan areas. So, for example, Albuquerque's number includes all thefts within the entire county of Bernalillo, not just the city of Albuquerque. As it's a … [Read more...] about It’s Not Cool to Be a Hot Spot for Car Theft: What’s Your Town’s Temp?