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Big rise in keyless car thefts, Shoreham reopens auctions, BCA adds to app

Big rise in keyless car thefts

The number of cars stolen without the keys rose by 96% over the first half of 2020, on top of a 92% increase in the same period of 2019, according to vehicle security expert Tracker.

The Range Rover Sport once again topped the list of most-stolen, ahead of the BMW X5, with Tracker using the example of a £120,000 Range Rover stolen in 80 seconds in a car park in south London. Keyless car thefts are continuing to rise at an alarming rate, as criminal groups reverse-engineer the latest manufacturer security tech to steal valuable vehicles quickly and discreetly,” said Clive Wain, Head of Police Liaison for Tracker.

Shoreham resumes physical auctions

Shoreham Vehicle Auctions has conducted its first physical auction since lockdown after its auction halls were designated a safe working environment by Aviva insurance and local authorities.

“When we spoke to buyers post lockdown it was obvious that a large percentage wanted to come back into the halls. We started planning our road back to normality based on their feedback,” explained SVA managing director Alex Wright. “We have welcomed our top 50 account customers back to the halls and they have told us they feel they are working in a safe environment when with us. The response has been very positive, and I know we have attracted scores of buyers from other auctions that are only currently trading online,” he added.

The company’s sales are though still closed to private buyers.

BCA adds app proxy bid function

BCA has added a new Proxy Bid service for future live auctions to its Buyer app in its latest update, allowing users to leave a maximum bid for forthcoming auctions.

The bids can be amended at any time, and are set in £100 increments, and BCA now has more than 6,000 unique users on its mobile app.


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