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Crime Investigators Warn on ‘Mystery’ Devices Used in Car Break-Ins

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, …

Minivans Most Targeted Vehicle by Atlanta Thieves

Atlanta police say a minivan tops the list of vehicles most often targeted by vehicle thieves. FOX 5 News reports that Dodge Caravans were targeted in 172 thefts or attempted thefts in 2015. The Honda Accord and Jeep Cherokee were …

Car Thieves Now Targeting Vehicles for Parts

While car thefts are declining across the country, stealing car parts and accessories is proving to be a lucrative business for professional thieves. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), organized crime rings are targeting newer vehicles parked in …

Mercedes SUVs Disappear as Thieves Target Luxury Vehicles in N.Y., N.J.

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz sport-utility vehicles are the least likely SUVs to be recovered once stolen, as thieves target luxury models to export or dismantle. Thirty-seven percent of the stolen GL Class SUVs are unrecovered, compared with 30 percent for Cadillac …

Massachusetts Sees Dramatic Dip in Car Thefts

Car thefts in Massachusetts have dropped by 88 percent since the mid-1970s, when the state had the dubious distinction of being the country’s car theft capital.Insurance experts and law enforcement officials credit the dramatic drop to antitheft features, from transponder …

Lock, Take and Hide Signs Working in Mesquite, Texas

The Mesquite Police Department reports the simple message from the Lock, Take and Hide crime prevention signs have had a tremendous impact on reducing auto thefts and burglaries in their city. The police department recently contacted the Insurance Council of …

Texans Love Pickup Trucks, So Do Thieves

What the TV ads touting Texans’ love of pickup trucks won’t tell you is that so do Texas thieves. Ford, Chevy and Dodge pickups top the Texas Department of Public Safety’s list of most-stolen vehicles last year. The Texas Auto …

Louisiana Men Used Tow Truck to Steal Cars From Homes

A New Orleans, La., resident has helped police catch two men suspected of using a tow truck to steal cars from homes. Dawn Dedeaux tells WWL-TV that she caught two men trying to steal her van from a house near …

Insurance Commissioner: Auto Theft Declines in Louisiana

Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon reported that the number of vehicle thefts in Louisiana has declined nearly 42 percent over a five-year period from 2006 through 2011. The latest figures from the FBI Uniform Crime Report show a steady …

Report: Vehicle Theft Falls, California Still Dominates Top 10 List

The National Insurance Crime Bureau reported 2011 is on track for another consecutive year of declining vehicle thefts, but California still dominates the top 10 list for areas highest auto theft rates. Seven of the top 10 areas were in …