The Eyewitness National Crime Alert for October 9, 2017

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These incidents were reported across the country from 10.2.17 to 10.9.17

National News – Reported 10.2.17

Vehicle Recovery Service Leaves 500,000+ Records Exposed

Researchers with the Kromtech Security Center recently discovered a “vehicle recovery device and monitoring company” left one of its cloud storage ‘buckets’ misconfigured. An exposed backup folder labeled “Accounts” contained:

  • 540,642 account identification numbers, many records including:
    • Vehicle plates & VINs
    • Emails
    • Hashed Passwords
  • A document containing information from 427 dealerships using the service for potential vehicle recovery; and
  • Specific tracking device information, as well as individual car logs featuring 120 days’ worth of vehicle tracking.

The company secured the exposed ‘bucket’ of data after Kromtech notified them of the potential breach, but did not respond for comment. (Original article)

Anchorage, AK – Reported 10.2.17

Rip “Truck” Winkle Sleeps in Stolen Truck Containing “Bag Full of Keys”

On 9.29.17, police discovered a young man sleeping inside a stolen 1999 Chevy Silverado truck with a firearm across his lap. Police tried to wake the Alaskan Rip Van Winkle with lights, sirens, and horns—even “rocking the truck with a patrol car,” according to reporters. But he didn’t waken until police broke through the truck windows, whereupon he rammed the truck into several squad cars.

Rip “Truck” Winkle was taken into custody on charges of vehicle theft, reckless endangerment, and a firearm felony. He told police his friend bought the truck for $1,500 at a local auction.

After police returned the truck to its owner, she found a “bag full of keys” in the back of the truck while cleaning. Five of the keys have dealership tagspossibly connected to a string of recent thefts at a large area dealership. One fits in her truck door despite being a key for a different vehicle make and model.

“It looked like he had some skeleton keys that he was able to jiggle the lock to get into the vehicle,” the owner told reporters. “So if your vehicle is locked and secured, they are still getting in.” (Original article)

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Eyewitness Surveillance blog: Going to the Digital Security Dentist: Digital Information Security 101

Going to the Digital Security Dentist: Digital Information Security 101

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As we discussed in last week’s article, Schedules, Orders, and Inventory: The Dealership Information Horde Thieves Can’t Wait to Steal, there’s a lot to lose if you can’t get your dealership’s information security up to snuff. After all, what happened to Equifax can happen to your business, too. So this week, we’ll review some basic ways in which everyday users of your technology systems can help insulate your dealership’s digital databases from hackers and identity thieves.

All the rules digital security experts have preached for years still holds for your dealership, even in today’s world. We don’t want to beat a dead horse, but the basics are worth repeating. Are you ready for your digital security check-up?

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Eyewitness Surveillance blog: Fight Fluff Fires with 4 Simple Solutions

Fight Fluff Fires With Four Simple Solutions

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There are dozens of fluff fires in scrap yards across the United States every year, with piles of shredded car upholstery and tires spontaneously combusting like damp hay on a farm. There were 23 of them from 2010-2012 in California alone. One Indiana scrapyard had six fluff pile fires over a single two-year period. At that rate, fluff pile fires aren’t a just a once-in-a-blue-moon accident—they’re a predictable workplace hazard.

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Eyewitness Surveillance's National Crime Alert for October 2, 2017

The Eyewitness National Crime Alert for October 2, 2017

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These incidents were reported across the country from 9.25.17 to 10.1.17

Columbus, NE – Reported 9.25.17

Diesel Truck Exhaust Missing After Labor Day Theft

Thieves stole the exhaust system from a 2012 Ford F-250 diesel pickup truck parked at ta dealership over the Labor Day weekend. While the system only works with a similar truck, authorities say that it’s possible the thief sold the exhaust to someone else. Anyone with information should call the Platte County Sheriff’s Office at 402-564-3229. (Original article)

Arnold, MO – Reported 9.25.17

Stolen Pickup Recovered Quickly, But No Leads or Arrests

Around 4 AM on 9.11.17, thieves stole a 2001 red Dodge Ram 1500 (worth $9,500) from an Arnold-area dealership’s car lot. Police recovered the truck in St. Louis four days later, but named no suspects or arrests in connection with the case. Those with information should call the Sheriff’s Office tip line at 636-797-5515. (Original article)

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Eyewitness Surveillance blog: Schedules, Orders, and Inventory: The Dealership Information Horde that Thieves Can’t Wait to Steal

Schedules, Orders, and Inventory: The Dealership Information Horde that Thieves Can’t Wait to Steal

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The recent Equifax security breach has left millions of Americans at risk of identity theft—but they’re not the only business with a treasure pile of information. Your dealership collects and hordes business, employee, and customer information. More than just email addresses or Social Security numbers, your dealership’s schedules, lists, and customer notes could put your business—and your people—at risk to theft and identity thieves.

Before you can protect your information from a breach like Equifax’s, however, you must know what and where the important information is at your dealership.

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Eyewitness Blog: Employee Spotlight September 2017

Eyewitness Employee Spotlight for September 2017: Dan Capri

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We continue shining the spotlight on our hardworking Eyewitness Surveillance employees with September’s Employee Spotlight! Last month’s employee Sean Marshall nominated Dan Capri, our Tactical Operations Center [TOC] Supervisor to be featured for September. We caught Dan right before his night shift protecting clients began to ask him some questions about his time at Eyewitness—including memorable touch-and-go incidents.

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Eyewitness Surveillance's National Crime Alert for September 25, 2017

The Eyewitness National Crime Alert for September 25, 2017

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These incidents were reported across the country from 9.18.17 to 9.24.17

Vacaville, CA – Reported 9.18.17

Burglar Steals Keys from Dealership Office, Takes Pickup

At 5 AM on 9.16.17, a burglar shattered a dealership office window to steal keys from their office. He then used the keys to steal a black pickup truck, simply driving it off the lot.

Luckily, police spotted the vehicle in Sacramento. They identified the driver as the burglar from the dealership’s surveillance footage. He is currently charged with burglary and vehicle theft. (Original article)

Mobile, AL – Reported 9.18.17

Three Burglars Steal 80 Car Titles in Briefcase

On 9.15.17, three men pull up to a local auto dealership in a 1998 white Buick Lesabre. One asks the owner about a car on the opposite end of the lot, and they go to look at the vehicle in question. The other two enter the dealership offices and emerge with a briefcase containing the titles for 80 cars on the car lot—despite the visible security cameras recording their every move.

Without the titles, the dealership cannot sell any of its vehicles to potential customers. It’s currently offering a $500 reward for the briefcase (and its titles). (Original article)

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Eyewitness Surveillance Blog: How to Secure Your Remote Recycling Facility

How to Secure Your Remote Recycling Facility

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Telling ne’er-do-wells that you’ll call the police is an excellent deterrent… if you know they’ll respond right away.

The fact is, many recycling facilities, junkyards, and similar industrial spaces are comparatively remote. (They need to be, to afford the sort of land and space required for the business!) Police and emergency responders might not be able to access these locations right away.

The trick, then, is knowing how to secure your valuables in such a way that it takes up more of the criminal’s time and energy, “stalling” them until help arrives. (Or, in a best-case scenario, discouraging the thief from robbing you altogether!)

Here are four great starting points to better secure your business starting today—and many of them don’t cost a dime.

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700 Miles to Hope: One General Manager's Ride to Remember His Sons

700 Miles to Hope: One General Manager’s Ride to Remember His Sons

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Words cannot describe the agony of parents watching their child’s health decline day over day, month over month, year over year. It’s unspeakable, unable to compare to any other pain—unless it’s watching both of your children pass away from the same genetic disease.

Justin Akin, general manager at All Star Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram (an Eyewitness Surveillance client), and his wife Kristin suffered with their sons, Matthew and Andrew, as they struggled with Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). The life-threatening immunodeficiency causes the body to create overactive immune cells that attack healthy tissue.

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