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.
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.
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.
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 […]
New research conducted by IntelligentCarLeasing.com reveals the areas in the UK which have the highest and lowest rates of car theft per head. A total of 42 police forces across England and Wales participated in the study which was conducted via freedom of information requests. Each force told the leasing specialists how many cars had […]
Despite tough new legislation coming into force to tackle the number of scrap metal thefts in the UK, most organisations now insist on buying workplace products made out of alternative materials according to Slingsby, which supplies more than 35,000 workplace products across all industries.
In 2012 estimates suggested that insurers were paying out more than £1m a week to victims of metal theft according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI) which said there were about 1,000 reported incidents a week, costing the UK economy approximately £770m a year in disruption.
Alexander Keating, 23, of Widnes, stole a gearshift knob, steering wheel, brake callipers and other parts from a brand-new Audi A3 that he had hired and swapped them with the same component parts from his ageing S3. He has been fined £2,000 and sentenced to complete 200 hours of community service for the crime.
Michelin representatives have appealed for information regarding the whereabouts of a Michelin Z BTO, which they say was stolen from service facilities during the recent Rally Japan. The incident reportedly took place at the Obihiro service park during the night of 1 October. As you might expect the manufacturer was less the impressed. “The Michelin Group considers acts of this sort to be extremely serious and unreservedly condemns such acts of industrial and technological espionage,” an official statement said implying that the tyre was stolen by a competing manufacturer.
Michelin recently suffered the theft of one of its tyres during a British Superbike Championship event. A police investigation showed that the theft of one of its most technologically advanced tyres appeared to have been professionally carried out.
In an effort to safeguard its industrial secrets, Michelin is reconsidering its involvement in competitive race series’ outside the MotoGP World Championship.