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    Report: GM looks to combat high theft rates on SUVs with added tech
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    The Cadillac Escalade has been at or near the top of most-stolen and insurance-loss lists for more than seven years, until it dropped to number six earlier this year. In 2011 it was fitted with a host of new security features to address its easy-to-override features and that has brought the ...

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    Report: Man arrested for stealing part of Paul Walker Porsche wreck
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    Humans are odd creatures. Some of us collect things associated with bad events, particularly when it comes to cars. Your author, for example, has the grille of his wrecked 2004 Mini Cooper S hanging on the wall. As a more extreme example, an 18-year-old Californian is in trouble with the LA ...

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    Report: Tailgate thefts on the rise
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    A combination of truck tailgates being easily damaged and even easier to remove has made them a target for thieves for years, but the problem seems to be getting worse. According to The Detroit News, reported tailgate thefts skyrocketed from just 3 in 2008 to more than 500 last year based on ...

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    Video: Key-swapping thieves steal Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT from FL dealer
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    Just a few weeks back, we reported on the theft of an Audi RS5 by a pair of creative thieves who managed to swipe the car's keys when the salesperson stepped away from their desk. Now, a Florida dealership is missing a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 after some crooks switched the Jeep's keys with an ...

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    Video: Audi RS5 test drive ends with potential buyer stealing car
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    Two men are wanted in the Houston area tonight after they stole an Audi RS5 from a local dealership. The brazen theft happened in the middle of the business day, when a salesperson stepped away after letting one of the men take the car for a test drive, while the other sat in the (getaway) car. ...

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    Report: Theft of third-row SUV seats on the rise? [w/video]
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    Thefts of third-row seats are on the rise, according to a report by KABC-TV 7, a trend highlighted by the recent burglary of third-row seats from 16 sport utility vehicles at a Chevrolet dealership in Simi Valley, California. According to the Los Angeles ABC affiliate, thieves stole the seats in ...

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    Report: Fuel smugglers costing Europe $4B+ in lost taxes
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    Cash-strapped European governments have been fighting a parasitic drain on their tax revenues from fuel theft and the tax fraud that goes along with it. According to a report from Bloomberg, individual governments are losing anywhere from 100 million to 1.3 billion euros ($133 million to $1.7 ...

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    Report: Would-be car thief foiled by drunk driver ignition interlock
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    A drunk driver prevented the theft of a TJ Maxx in Farmington, CT on Wednesday. Okay, not exactly. The drunk driver's car prevented the theft. According to The Hartford Courant, three men swiped $4,500 worth of ladies handbags from the department store, but didn't get very far. Store security ...

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    Report: Vehicles stolen from NASCAR driver seized from home of rival racer
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    NASCAR is reliable as the Bank of England when it comes to delivering drama on and off the track. Today's off-oval headlines involve Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck series drivers Mike Harmon and Jennifer Jo Cobb (pictured above). A couple of weeks ago, on May 15, Cobb reported that ...

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    Study: Car thieves avoiding Toyota Prius
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    The National Insurance Crime Bureau has taken a closer look at how often car thieves target the Toyota Prius. As it turns out, the most popular hybrid on US roads has a very low theft rate, and when it does get stolen, law enforcement are quick to return the machine to its rightful owners. All ...

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    Video: Thieves stealing Porsche headlamps for marijuana grow lights
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    Well this is something you don't see every day. Thieves in Amsterdam have been preying upon unsuspecting Porsche models recently. That may not be unusual in and of itself, but the burglars are not attempting to make off with the entire car. Rather, they are stealing only the HID headlights. But ...

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    Video: Romanian criminals attempt to loot a moving truck
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    With money having transitioned from cold hard cash to ones and zeros on a computer screen, stealing someone's personal property has also gone from the romantically dangerous act of train robbing to the Hot Pocket-consuming act of electronic bank hacking. We miss the good old days when miscreants ...

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    Study: Infographic: LoJack releases 2011 Auto Theft Report
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    By all accounts, vehicle theft is down to some of the lowest levels in over 25 years. Even so, cars are still getting pilfered every day, and LoJack has gone through the trouble of crafting a detailed infographic displaying some of the more interesting information associated with the 10,251 ...

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    Report: Detroit Police give up on car theft, ban street parking to curb break-ins
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    Full disclosure: Two of my friends had their cars broken into in downtown Detroit last week. These incidents happened within days of each other along the same city block in the entertainment district behind Detroit's Fillmore and Fox theaters – the exact area that this story ...

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    Video: Resourceful thief lifts Jeep from dealer using crane
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    A car thief in La Porte, Indiana recently put his own spin on the old smash-and-grab routine. The enterprising individual drove a flatbed truck that would typically be used for logging onto a car lot after hours on Sunday, October 16. Our man hopped out and used a giant crane to hook a 2008 Jeep ...

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    Report: Massachusetts police take heat for locking unlocked cars
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    There's nothing worse than a bored law enforcement officer, as a few Beverly, Massachusetts residents learned firsthand when the local police went around checking vehicles for unlocked doors and open windows. Owners received warnings for failing to protect their property and officers proceeded to ...

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    Infographic: NHTSA helps you crack down on auto theft
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    What a terrible feeling. You walk outside, ready to head out to work or maybe to a friend's house, and your vehicle is gone. Auto theft is a $6.4-billion-per-year problem. In fact, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration built a handy infographic to illustrate just how big of a problem ...

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    Guy Fieri's Lamborghini stolen from dealer by rappelling thief?
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    What seems more plausible: that a thief dropped down from a dealership's roof, Mission Impossible-style, to boost a Lamborghini? Or that the car in question belonged to a chef? In an alternate reality where the world actually makes sense, the answer would ostensibly be "neither," but we're ...

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    Police using Twitter to track down stolen cars
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    Police in Seattle have turned to social media in an effort to help recover stolen vehicles. By sending out a Tweet that describes the liberated vehicle, authorities are hoping someone in the network of followers will spot it and report the vehicle's location. The Twitter account being used by the ...

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    BMW reportedly catches ring of workers stealing up to $4 million in parts
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    According to reports, a ring of 18 workers at BMW's plant in Munich have been stealing from the German automaker for years. It seems the individuals would stop the lines for fake quality control checks and make off with the goods to be sold on the open market. The most lucrative business ...

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