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NICB Releases Latest Hot Wheels Theft Report

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) 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) …

NICB: Top 10 Vehicle Theft Hotspots in the Nation

The Albuquerque, N.M. metropolitan statistical area (MSA) had the highest per capita auto theft rate in 2016 according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) latest Hot Spots report. Hot Spots examines vehicle theft data obtained from the National Crime …

NICB Uncovers Abilities of Relay Attack Units Increasingly Used in Auto Thefts

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 …

Many Car Keyless Remotes are Hackable According to Security Experts

A group of computer security experts say they figured out how to hack the keyless entry systems used on millions of cars, meaning that thieves could in theory break and steal items without leaving a broken window. The experts say …

Texas Men Used Laptop to Reprogram, Steal More Than 100 Cars

Two men jailed in Houston, Texas, and accused of using pirated computer software to steal more than 100 vehicles may have exploited an electronic vulnerability to advance auto theft into high-tech crime. Michael Arce, 24, and Jesse Zelaya, 22, focused …

California Tops NICB’s 2015 Hot Spots Vehicle Theft Report

California’s Modesto Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the nation’s highest per capita vehicle theft rate in 2015, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) latest Hot Spots report. Moreover, California owned eight of the top 10 hot spots for …

Ford Truck Top Target for Auto Thieves in Texas

The Ford pick-up truck is stolen more often than any other vehicle on the roadway in Texas, according to the Insurance Council of Texas. The monthly report from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) lists Ford trucks, GM trucks …

IBC Assists Police in Making Arrests Related to International Car Theft Ring

Today, after months of investigative work, police have announced the arrest of close to 20 individuals allegedly associated with the theft of 211 high-end vehicles. The vehicles, with an estimated value of $11 million, are alleged to have been stolen …

Insurance Bureau of Canada Lists Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has published its annual Top 10 Most Frequently Stolen Vehicles list. Once again, Ford trucks and expensive SUVs figure prominently. However, this year, organized criminals have taken a different approach hoping to avoid being …

High Tech Scanner Boxes Latest Tool Used by Auto Thieves

Law enforcement officials and theft investigators are concerned that criminals may be getting their hands on high-tech electronic devices that can be used to break into vehicles. Also, they warn, these devices could be used to start and steal vehicles, …