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UK car theft rate up 57 per cent

UK car theft rate up 57 per cent

20th August 2018 | 0 Comments

In the UK, car theft has increased by 57 per cent over the past year, with criminals using more sophisticated techniques to override security measures. With modern cars often now equipped with keyless entry, there is a growing issue of keyless theft, where criminals use so-called relay devices to trick cars into thinking the legitimate key is nearby.

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Two-tone cars most attractive to thieves, says report

Two-tone cars most attractive to thieves, says report

22nd May 2017 | 0 Comments

A new report by mycarcheck.com has shown the UK’s five most popular used car colours to be: 1) Black 2) Silver 3) Blue 4) White and 5) Grey. It also revealed that two-tone cars are more likely to be stolen. 22.68 per cent of all searches conducted on mycarcheck.com in 2016 were for black cars, an almost identical performance to the previous year, ahead of silver (20.93 per cent) and blue (16.89 per cent).

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£50K worth of Goodyear, Dunlop tyres stolen from lorry

23rd August 2016 | 0 Comments

According to Northamptonshire Police, Goodyear and Dunlop tyres with a total value of around £50,000 were stolen from a lorry parked in the northbound Watford Gap services overnight. Two small holes were cut in the lorry’s side curtain and the security tag cut on the rear doors in order to reach the tyres sometime between 11pm yesterday and 6am this morning. The driver of the lorry was asleep at the time.

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ATS Euromaster Leeds branch ram-raided

12th July 2016 | 0 Comments

40 tyres have been stolen after the ATS Euromaster branch in Cross Green Lane, Cross Green, Leeds was ram-raided last night (11 July 2016). Police are appealing for information after the incident which is believed to have taken place at about 10.30. According to West Yorkshire police, the constabulary received reports of a white transit van repeatedly ramming the shutter doors the ATS Euromaster branch “causing significant damage”. 

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Conference to address increase in car crime

Conference to address increase in car crime

31st May 2016 | 0 Comments

The International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI) UK conference, on 8-9 June 2016 at Holywell Park in Loughborough, will focus on reversing the worrying recent increase in car crime and mitigating the loss of specialist police Stolen Vehicle Units (SVUs). Justin Powell, IAATI UK president, said: “Vehicle thefts are already increasing and the inevitable […]

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Suspended sentence for £100k Pirelli theft man

26th April 2016 | 0 Comments

Although he claimed no intentional involvement in the theft of Pirelli tyres worth more than £102,000, Graham Wait was found guilty of conspiracy to commit theft in February. At his sentencing at Carlisle Crown Court last Friday, Wait received an 18 month suspended sentence for the role he played in the theft of 358 Pirelli tyres, and was ordered to pay £1,500 in court costs and to perform 200 hours of unpaid work.

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Tracker reveals top ten regions for vehicle thefts

Tracker reveals top ten regions for vehicle thefts

21st March 2016 | 0 Comments

The latest stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) figures for 2015 from Tracker (part of the Tantalum Corporation), reveal that London continues to top the list of regions where cars were most stolen and recovered. Year-on-year Tracker saw a 12 per cent increase in the number of stolen vehicles recovered across the UK in 2015, equating to nearly £12.5 million worth of vehicles being returned to their owners.

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Tracker warns of increasing motorbike thefts

16th March 2016 | 0 Comments

Stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) expert, Tracker, is urging motorbike owners to take greater steps to protect their vehicles, as the latest Home Office Crime Report announces that motorcycle theft is on the rise across the UK.

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Range Rover Sport replaces BMX X5 as UK’s most stolen and recovered vehicle

25th February 2016 | 0 Comments

According to the latest figures from Tracker (part of the Tantalum Corporation), the highly desirable Range Rover Sport was the most stolen and recovered vehicle in 2015, knocking the BMW X5 off the number one spot which it has held for the last 6 years. Year-on-year Tracker saw a 12 per cent increase in the […]

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Sentencing, guilty verdict for Pirelli tyre theft pair

10th February 2016 | 0 Comments

One of the three men charged with stealing tyres produced at Pirelli’s Dalston Road factory in Carlisle has been found guilty of theft, while an accomplice was handed a two-year community order for his involvement.

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Delivery driver denies involvement in Pirelli tyre theft conspiracy

4th February 2016 | 0 Comments

One of three men accused of stealing £102,000 worth of tyres from Pirelli’s Carlisle factory between August 2013 and May 2014 has appeared in Carlisle Crown Court this week to answer a charge of conspiracy to commit theft. Graham Wait, who denies any wrongdoing and says he was not involved in the conspiracy, has entered a not guilty plea.

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Majority of motorists mistrust keyless car technology, survey finds

22nd October 2015 | 0 Comments

Despite attempts to quash new research by scientists that exposes a major security flaw found in car key fobs, nearly 140 different popular makes and models of vehicles driven by UK motorists have now been confirmed as being at risk. Stolen vehicle recovery expert, Tracker (part of the Tantalum Corporation), which has been a longstanding campaigner against weak electronic ignition systems, can reveal that 70 per cent of people it surveyed said they would reconsider purchasing a keyless car in the wake of growing concern over fears to vehicle security.

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Court appearance for man accused of £100k Pirelli tyre theft

5th August 2015 | 0 Comments

A man accused of selling more than £100,000 worth of stolen Pirelli tyres appeared in Carlisle Crown Court yesterday to answer a charge of conspiracy to commit theft. Barry White was charged in January along with Mark Claxton and Graham Wait, and has pleaded not guilty.

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Three charged with tyre theft from Pirelli’s Carlisle plant

7th January 2015 | 0 Comments

Cumbria Constabulary reports that three men have been charged in connection to a quantity of high performance tyres stolen from Pirelli Tyres’ Dalston Road factory in Carlisle. Barry White, Mark Claxton and Graham Wait have all been charged with conspiracy to commit theft, and will appear at Carlisle Magistrates Court on 12 January 2015. It is understood that the thefts occurred over a period of months.

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MyCarCheck: Keyless theft is tip of vehicle crime iceberg

MyCarCheck: Keyless theft is tip of vehicle crime iceberg

6th November 2014 | 0 Comments

Consumer vehicle data provider MyCarCheck.com has praised the BBC’s Watchdog show after it tackled the rising issue of keyless car theft. The website urged both the UK government and car makers to do more to tackle vehicle crime. Roger Powell, divisional head at CDL Vehicle Information Services, owner of MyCarCheck.com, commented: “Watchdog did a great […]

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