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Report: Justice Department has evidence of VW criminal wrongdoing
Report: Justice Department has evidence of VW criminal wrongdoing

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday (subscription required) that federal investigators have found evidence of criminal wrongdoing at Volkswagen and may be preparing to charge the automaker for crimes related to its widespread emissions scandal. The newspaper reported that the Department of...Read More»

Old Gas Pumps
How Unleaded Gas Cut Crime And Made Us All Safer

If you keep up with the news, you know how often violent crime makes headlines. But despite some heart-wrenching stories that have played out on 24-hour news channels in recent months and years, violent crime is on the decline in the U.S. -- and according to some theoreticians, we may have unleaded...Read More»

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Don't Be A Statistic: 6 Tips To Prevent Car Theft

Worried about car theft? Well, we have good news and bad news. The bad news is that auto theft continues to be a major problem. According to the most recent FBI data, 737,142 vehicles were stolen in 2010, with losses totaling $4.5 billion. Also bad: criminals are smart, and they're getting smarter...Read More»

2005 GMC Yukon Denali used by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn
Tampa Mayor's Yukon Denali Was Once A Pimpmobile (Allegedly)

When Bob Buckhorn was sworn in as mayor of Tampa, Florida last April, he nobly decided to pick his city vehicle from the police department's forfeiture fleet. Unfortunately, most of the rides on the lot were luxury class, and given the state of the economy, the new mayor wanted to project a more...Read More»

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Berlin Car Burnings Have Authorities Wondering What Comes Next

Burning cars in Germany’s capital city is nothing new; in fact, it’s been occurring for years, mainly as a protest against rising rents and gentrification. In the past, it was easy to write off the arson as politically motivated, since most burnings were targeted to high-end luxury...Read More»

NYPD - Cushmans by Flickr user tom_hoboken
NYPD Scanning Social Media To Track Criminals Online

As bad-guy technology is evolving, police departments across the nation are scrambling to keep up. The NYPD's latest weapon in the fight against car theft: a crack social media team formed to help track and catch criminals. According to the New York Daily News, the new team will "mine social media"...Read More»

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Vehicle Thefts In The U.S. Hit Lowest Levels Since 1967: Video

The future ain't what it used to be -- and neither is car theft. In fact, vehicle theft has been on the decline for the past seven years, and in 2010 it hit rates that haven't been seen since Lyndon Johnson was in office. (Translation: a long time.) The news comes from the National Insurance Crime...Read More»

Car thief breaking into car. Image courtesy of Rocky Mountain Tracking.
Summer's Here, Almost--So Car-Related Crime Is Up

You may find this obvious, but many people don’t: summer means more people spending time outdoors, and more people often translates into more crime. Temperatures aren’t the only thing rising in summer, since car related burglary and vandalism rates also go up during summer months (even...Read More»

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FBI: Motor Vehicle Theft Down Significantly In 2010

Despite a rise in demand and prices for used cars, rates for vehicle theft fell in 2010. That's according to new numbers released this morning from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in a preliminary version of its Annual Uniform Crime Report, covering 2010. Motor-vehicle theft was...Read More»

Crack Pipe by flickr user TedsBlog
Today In Societal Breakdown: Crack Pipes Sold...In Gas Stations?

Detroit has a bad reputation for crime, poverty and heavy drug use. A recent investigation by a local CBS News affiliate isn’t going to help the city live down that legacy any time soon, as it found crack pipes for sale at local businesses, including gas stations. The pipes were found at gas...Read More»

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Odometer Fraud Is Still Rampant: Look Out For These Signs

Newer vehicles are a lot more secure. But that's not true in all ways; used-car shoppers still need to watch out for some of the same old sleazy strategies: namely, odometer tampering. Earlier this month, federal agents brought charges against four who were involved in an organized crime...Read More»

Screenshot from YouTube video "New GTR R35 crashes following Evo IX MR"
Staged Accidents And Scams: How To Spot Insurance Fraud

If you're in an accident and there's something a little odd about either the incident itself or what happens in the days and weeks following, you might be right to think that you—and your insurer—are being played. According to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.), staged...Read More»

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Beware, Car Thieves Will Be Working On New Year's Day

All is quiet on New Year's Day, as the U2 song begins. And perhaps that's one of the reasons why more thieves steal vehicles—and steal from them—on New Year's Day than on other major holidays. In both 2008 and 2009, New Year's Day had far more than the daily average of reported auto...Read More»

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Sleeping Rich Guy Says 'New-Car Fumes' Made Him Hit Cyclist

The laws of physics dictate that when a two-ton car hits a 150-pound rider on a 30-pound bicycle, the cyclist loses. Which is why drivers have an extra responsibility to be careful ... or so it used to be. Enter one Martin Joel Erzinger, a (presumably) wealthy Denver fund manager for Smith Barney...Read More»

1997 Honda Accord Cpe LX
Hot Wheels: Older Civic, Newer Corolla Among Top Theft Targets

Don't ever think that what you're driving is too plain or unattractive to be the target of thieves. Its ubiquity might actually make it a more likely target. That's one of the lessons in looking at the annual list of most-stolen models from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). Older Honda...Read More»

Black-market stolen parts value  -  from LoJack
Vehicle Thefts Down In 2009, But Fewer Vehicles Recovered

Annual crime figures were released this week by the U.S. FBI, and on the vehicle front there's some good news: For one, vehicle theft is way down. It's apparent that all the anti-theft measures—like alarms, immobilizers, and more sophisticated ignition locks—introduced by automakers...Read More»

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Alleged DUI Driver On 3 Wheels Leads Cops On 11-Mile Chase

You'd never know it from images of Manhattan, but large parts of upstate New York are rural and not that well off. Nevertheless, Duane Bush isn't helping Genesee County with its public relations. The 61-year-old man was arrested at his home in Bethany, New York (southwest of Rochester) on charges...Read More»

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Insurance Fraud Up Again: Inflated Bills, Staged Accidents Rampant

Smashed windshields, staged accidents, and suspicious fender-benders and vehicle fires might remain relatively common tactics for deceiving insurance companies—and might be more rampant in a down economy—but insurers are definitely catching on. Last week, the National Insurance Crime Bureau...Read More»

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Car Thefts Rates Are Down, But West Coast Hot Spots Remain

Although U.S. vehicle thefts are continuing their downward trend, a number of cities in the Southwest remain hot spots. For the sixth consecutive year, U.S. vehicle theft rates declined in 2009, confirmed the National Insurance Crime Bureau. According to the annual NICB Hot Spots report, released...Read More»

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