Car thieves are avoiding capture by leaving stolen cars parked in a secure location for a few days to check whether or not the police are tracking them using security technology mounted in the vehicles themselves.
Thieves have developed the method in order to steal high-value cars.
The criminals take the vehicle to a secure location and watch over it for several days. If police track down the car, they can leave the vehicle to be reclaimed undetected. However, if the police do not arrive, the thieves know that they can take the cars further afield without being followed. By then fitting new number plates, they can ensure that the car remains undetectable to police cameras.
A report published by the Home Office explained: “Anecdotal evidence from officers working on vehicle crime in the Metropolitan Police Service suggests that some offenders routinely park a vehicle in a safe location for a few days immediately after stealing it to check it is not being tracked.”
Tracking devices can be triggered by manufacturers as soon as they are alerted that the car has been stolen, enabling police to find the car faster.
The report also stated that though tracking devices were lowering car thefts, criminals would soon get their hands on the technology to override such equipment.
It also explained that devices that could bypass security systems were now available for purchase off the Internet, which would give thieves an even greater amount of control of luxury vehicles.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.