A Look at Today's 'Connected Vehicle Thief'

A Look at Today’s ‘Connected Vehicle Thief’

It is no longer about just stealing cars, car parts or even the personal property inside them. Today’s “connected vehicle thief” also can access on-board data and even personal identity information.

lojack-logoFrom aftermarketNews.com

Vehicle security company LoJack has released an infographic that offers a look at the way criminals are keeping up with new technologies, particularly in vehicles. As Patrick Clancy, vice president of LoJack Law Enforcement, points out, it is no longer about just stealing cars, car parts or even the personal property inside them. Today’s “connected vehicle thief” also can access on-board data and even personal identity information.

“As vehicles become more advanced, the very nature of auto theft is changing,” said Clancy. “Criminals have adapted and found ways to take vehicles that are designed to be difficult to steal, via tech-enabled theft methods such as using scanner boxes that can access smart keys or the hacking of keyless ignition systems. The connected vehicle thief is someone who is targeting not only consumers’ personal property, but also their on-board data or even identity.

“July is National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month for a reason – it’s the time of year when the most cars get stolen,” said Clancy. “Now is a good time to be extra aware of auto theft tactics. Some tips and tricks drivers can use to protect themselves include always updating your automotive software and being selective with the data inside your vehicle – for example, do not program your home address into your GPS or leave credit card information accessible. Staying informed of recalls is also essential. Practicing common sense always helps as well, as you can never be too careful with your car key!”

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