Once again the IAATI UK National Vehicle Crime Conference, held at the Jaguar Visitor Centre, Castle Bromwich on May 23rd and 24th, proved to be a successful event with over 120 participants.
The presentations from police and the private sector were first class.
The Master of Ceremonies, David Ryan opened the conference, followed by a welcome speech from John Reading of Jaguar Land Rover.
Simon Hurr President of IAATI UK and Joe Brosius President of IAATI International welcomed the participants to the conference.
The presentations given by law enforcement officers included DS Ian Orton from West Midlands Police who demonstrated the worth of the ANPR as an important tool to catch organised criminals.
Finbarr Garland from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Garda Siochana, Republic of Ireland provided an insight into the issues of organised vehicle crime in his country with its ramifications such as the export of plant machinery as well as targeting ATM machines with plant machinery. He explained how important cross border cooperation with other European countries can be to bring these criminals to justice.
DCI David Wood from the City of London Police gave a very enlightening presentation about Insurance fraud.
DCI Mark Hooper gave an overview of the important work that the ACPO Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service has carried out and explained to the audience trends and developments in technology used by organised criminals to steal cars, vans and goods from trucks.
DCI Hooper’s presentation was followed by Lord Henley, Home Office Minister who summarised the latest government policies for policing on behalf of the Secretary of State.
DS Sarah Sleaford of the Leicester Police gave a presentation about Operation Chisel, an operation on containers being shipped out of the ports.
The South East Regional Task Force carried out examinations of suspect containers, and found stolen motor vehicles and a lot of gas containers being shipped out of the country.
The other presentations covered a wide range of topics, from vehicle marking to telematics, data collection and other tools used in the fight against vehicle crime.
On the second day of Conference the awards were presented.
The Keith English Award went to The Essex Police, Thurrock Council and VOSA for Operation Taxi.
This award is sponsored by Selectamark and our thanks go to Selectamark for their continual support of IAATI UK.
The Peter Leigh Plant Award was presented to the Devon and Cornwall Police for Operation Sebula, this operation Op SEBULA targeted a criminal who ran a Plant Business in Cornwall.
The criminal was given a sentence of 9 and a half years, and a confiscation order for £2.25 million has been made.
The IAATI UK President’s Award was given to AVCIS for their outstanding contribution in fighting vehicle crime.
The Presidents Award as received by DCI Mark Hooper.
Alan Taylor Award
The Alan Taylor Award was presented to the Metropolitan Police for Operation Temple Viper.
Our sincere thanks to sponsors: Ambersett, Cobra and Retainagroup.
Thanks also to Simon Hodgson our photographer.
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Cobra UK Limited
Sure-Track Europe Limited
Hafren Security Fasteners
‘A Partnership Approach to Vehicle Crime’