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Car thieves in Malaysia have gone high-tech, using device to unlock car with keyless entry Owners of cars using the keyless entry system are at risk of having their vehicles stolen in minutes by a frequencyhacking device that is available in Malaysia. The device, which costs about RM150 (S$50) and can be obtained online or at some electronics stores, can unlock a car and start its engine by hacking its radio frequency identification (RFID) information. A source said the device could unlock almost any car with keyless entry. Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/car-thieves-in-malaysia-have-gone-high-tech-uses-device-to-unlock-car-with-keyless I still use the old school method to lock the steering but if they wanna steal they'll easily remove it anyway. Still, I think deterrence is better than nothing!
You know what they say, "Do whatever you want, just don't get caught!" Unfortunately (or thankfully, perhaps), these teenage car thieves in the United Kingdom don't seem quite knowledgeable about such a saying. Instead, these thieves just seemed so proud of their 'stealing' ability that they even shot pictures of themselves with the cars they had successfully stolen. What amazes me more is that they even posted the pictures on Facebook, a world renowned social media, and on their phones! This led the local police to catch them red-handed, or should I say, 'bread-handed' (you'll see why). It's a real 'shame' to the world of Grand Theft Auto. Speaking of Grand Theft Auto, it reminds me of the action adventure packed car theft game, the latest trailer of which will be shown on 30th April 2013. Alright, let's get back to topic. To be honest with you, these teenagers, aged from 18-23 years old, were quite an expert indeed. Comprising eight members, they managed to successfully steal nine high performance sports cars that were, and still are, very expensive. Porsches, Range Rovers, BMWs, and a Mercedes Coupe worth
CNA Singaporeans beware of car thefts in JB SINGAPORE: A Singaporean lost his car in Johor Bahru on Saturday while dining just 10 kilometres away from the Causeway. This comes just a day after Johor's police chief reassured visitors that his department is in "full control" of the crime situation in the Malaysian state. The Police Chief had highlighted a 25 per cent drop in the total number of cases last year, as well as a steady decline in crimes against Singaporeans. 62-year-old property manager John Chew travels to Johor with his friends every weekend for golf. But this time he was in for a rude shock, after he finished his meal at On Kee Restaurant along Jalan Permas 10, some 10 kilometres away from the Causeway. "I parked my car just outside the restaurant, and this is a rather big restaurant in Permas Jaya, and we had an early dinner - we started at 5pm and finished at about 5.45pm. And to my horror, when my friend came out to take a smoking break, he didn't see my car and was wondering where it was. That's when the horror came and we realised that my car was hijacked," said Mr Chew, victim of car theft in Johor Bahru. Besides losing the car, Mr Chew and his friends also lost their golfing equipment and personal belongings, like passports. Mr Chew made a police report immediately, and was told by a police officer that it's "most unlikely" to recover his car. Mr Chew said: "I'm pretty surprised. It's a small car, Mitsubishi Colt, I really don't understand why they did it... There could be other reasons; my car's spare parts could be in demand, and these sort of things. But it's definitely not an MPV or SUV, which is normally the target of car thefts in Malaysia that I'm aware of. "The restaurant staff, when I queried them, said that two persons came in a car, tried to (break into) my car, but couldn't. They left and came back in about 15-20 minutes' time, (broke into my car), started it and drove it away. So, it's pretty surprising how they can do that with a car that's equipped with alarm and all that." Johor's Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said on Friday that the number of Singaporean crime victims in Johor remains low, adding that criminals do not target victims based on race, religion or nationality. There were 320 Singaporean crime victims in Johor last year, out of the 14.1 million trips Singaporeans made across the Causeway. Mr Chew and his friends returned home on temporary passports issued by the Singapore Consulate-General in Johor Bahru. Mr Chew said he will continue his regular visits, but with added precaution. He said: "We will still go there but this time with additional precaution and not taking things for granted, like 'it has never happened to me, it will never happen to me'... Irrespective of what you drive, whether it's small car or big car, additional precaution is definitely worth considering. "Apart from keeping our individual passports and personal items on ourselves, if we leave the car, I would consider locking my steering wheel with a pedal brake, so that's an additional deterrent for any would-be thieves, who's going to hijack the car." As for his car, he said the insurance allows him to claim compensation equivalent to the market value. - CNA /ls
Petrol thefts up by 50% in first six months Petrol thefts from motorcycles and vehicles have shot up by 50 per cent in the first six months of this year. Between January and June, 41 such thefts were reported - 37 from motorcycles and four from cars. They occurred mainly in Woodlands, Jurong West and Bukit Panjang estates, in both open and covered car parks. For the whole last year, there were 27 cases, eight of which had been solved. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Wong Kan Seng, who gave these figures in a written reply to a question from an MP in Parliament on Monday, said the number of petrol thefts so far is very small, considering there are about 145,000 motorcycles and scooters and about 725,000 cars and other vehicles in Singapore. He urged owners to take responsibility to ensure that their vehicles are properly secured. On preventive measures, he said the police have alerted residents and vehicle owners in the affected areas through the local grassroots and worked with relevant agencies and grassroots organisations. In addition, the police have collaborated with Town Councils since June 2006 to equip public car parks with mobile CCTV cameras. [sweatdrop]