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Vehicle and house crime rising as Covid crackdown eases

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng - The 90% reduction in vehicle and other crime in South Africa during the national Covid-19 lockdown has reversed as criminals get back on the roads. Criminals are accelerating their activities as road traffic increases in line with the reductions in human activity and burglars are back in business. Tracker data, reported from… Continue reading Vehicle and house crime rising as Covid crackdown eases

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Volvo to the rescue! Phone app magic on way for 2020

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Volvo On Call (VOC), an app-based cellphone service that can help drivers to communicate with their cars, is coming to South Africa. VOC can remotely lock/unlock a car, check the fuel level, and pre-cool/heat the car before its driver arrives, each through a smartphone, smart watch, tablet, or desktop. Greg Maruszewski,… Continue reading Volvo to the rescue! Phone app magic on way for 2020

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Pets in the car: Volvo study highlights the many dangers

ROCKLEIGH, New Jersey - A study by Volvo USA and The Harris Poll has shown that unrestrained pets in a moving vehicle can lead to significantly less-safe driving and more distraction and stress not only on the driver but also the pet. Pets might be ''members of the family'', Volvo reports, but many owners don't… Continue reading Pets in the car: Volvo study highlights the many dangers

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Hijacking self-defence: Take a course, fight the scourge

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - A report by the South African Cities Network has released data about hijackings of which road users, particularly in Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and eThekwini, should be aware. Vehicle hijacking in those areas has increased - contrary to data from other major municipalities. Data supplied to MasterDrive reports that, somewhere in South Africa,… Continue reading Hijacking self-defence: Take a course, fight the scourge

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Shocking survey shows 50% of cars are theft risks

Car theft in UK at his worst in a decade Check with your dealers to see if your car is safe Even big-bucks luxury vehicles are susceptible LONDON, England - Thatcham, vehicle security experts in the UK, have assessed the security features over a range of entry and expensive cars and SUVs and what they… Continue reading Shocking survey shows 50% of cars are theft risks

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UK drivers steering away from High Street parking high prices

Big savings on street and parkade slot rentals Extra income for inner-city homeowners More than a million commuters have signed-up LONDON, England - The popularity i the UK of renting space on private driveways has soared in recent years as commuters seek to save cash on expensive inner-city parking. YourParkingSpace.co.uk reports that bookings more than… Continue reading UK drivers steering away from High Street parking high prices

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Tesla ‘sentry’ alarm calls owner, plays loud music

NEW YORK - Elon Musk’s Tesla battery-car company has launched a Sentry Mode anti-theft system  to freshen the attraction of its vehicles. The feature will go into US Model 3 vehicles dating back to August 2017. Known auto thefts in the US through 2017 totalled 773 139 - the most since 2009 - according to… Continue reading Tesla ‘sentry’ alarm calls owner, plays loud music

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What to do if YOU’RE the target of a vehicle hijack

What to do if faced with a car hijacker Target could be you, your car, or your cash Get used to these simple-to-do precautions DURBAN, South Africa - Recently, according to MasterDrive, vehicle hijacking has spiked in this coastal city - along with an increase in the number of people kidnapped when their vehicle is hijacked.… Continue reading What to do if YOU’RE the target of a vehicle hijack

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Tech to the rescue to cut car-sales fraud

LONDON, England - Advanced facial recognition allied to artificial intelligence has been introduced by online vehicle retail specialist BuyaCar.co.uk to protect customers from online fraud. The business, in trying to create seamless and convenient vehicle purchases, says facial recognition has been added to what is described as ''an unrivalled suite of anti-fraud measures''. Online fraud… Continue reading Tech to the rescue to cut car-sales fraud

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Hyundai brings whole new meaning to ‘touch ‘n go’

World-first fingerprint tech for Hyundai Pads will unlock, start and adjust everything Updates will be done automatically LONDON, England - Hyundai has announced the pending introduction of fingerprint technology to unlock and start its vehicles from 2019. First to be equipped will be Santa Fe SUV units to be released in some world markets within… Continue reading Hyundai brings whole new meaning to ‘touch ‘n go’