Criminals are reportedly climbing on top of moving vehicles to steal PS5s from delivery drivers, as consumers struggle to buy Sony’s new console
- Moving vehicles with expensive devices, including the PlayStation 5, has been attacked by gangs of criminals in the UK, The Times reported.
- Thieves climb hoods so they can break into delivery trucks in a stunt known as a “rollover”.
- The rise of e-commerce means businesses are turning to casual drivers who often lack adequate safety training.
- This is just the latest in a long line of distribution issues that haunted the PS5’s release.
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British gangs targeting delivery vehicles with expensive Christmas gifts are reportedly stealing PlayStation 5s that are impossible for regular buyers to obtain.
Criminals climb onto their moving cars so they can break into delivery trucks while they are engaged in a stunt known as a “rollover,” The Times reported.
PS5s, televisions, cosmetics, cell phones and cigarettes are among the items stolen in the stunt, which was used at least 27 times in the UK this year, according to The Times.
Technology is believed to be on the rise, The Times reported, partly due to the rise in e-commerce and the fact that casual drivers don’t have adequate safety training.
Aisle box in a moving delivery vehicle with at least three cars: one to the front, one to the rear and one to the side to prevent overtaking.
A thief in the back of the car climbs onto the hood or roof of his car, usually via the sunroof or hatch, and uses rope to secure himself. They use tools like a crowbar to open the rear doors of the truck. The thief then has access to the packages, which he tosses back to his car before jumping back on the hood himself.
Moving vehicles has been targeted because security there is weaker than anywhere else in the supply chain, a professional criminal told The Times.
The thieves likely got inside information about the location of the trucks, Chrys Rampley, a former security manager at the Road Haulage Association, told the publication.
Other tactics are also used to steal expensive devices, according to The Times.
In November, a truck carrying Apple products worth US $ 6.7 million (£ 5 million) was driven off a major English road. The thieves tied up the driver and fled with the load.
And in October, more than 200 $ 182,600 (£ 136,000) televisions were stolen from a truck, leaving the driver for hospital treatment for a broken eye socket.
PS5s are still hard to come by
Reports of cargo crime reported to the UK’s National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service between January and September cost businesses around £ 66 million ($ 87 million), an average of £ 21,600 ($ 29,000) per crime.
Theft of moving vehicles is just the latest in a long line of distribution problems that followed the release of the PS5.
Many retailers have repeatedly sold out consoles and websites crashed due to the rush of visitors.
In the US, some customers lined up outside GameStop stores for two days to buy a console on Black Friday – but many still walked away empty-handed.
In the UK, customers have reportedly marked their Amazon pre-order consoles as “shipped” on the e-commerce giant’s app even though orders were never actually received.
In some cases, they have even been replaced with items like cat food, a coffee maker, and a foot massager, customers said.
But resellers made money, some using bots to grab dozens of consoles and sell them for twice their purchase price. Some resellers told Business Insider they received threats while trying to sell the consoles on Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist.