International Association of Chiefs of Police

IACP’s VEHICLE CRIMES COMMITTEE have produced a report (May 2017) that includes such comments as:

  • 97% of motor vehicle thieves were also charged with other crimes.
  • Auto theft offenders were associated with arson, drug trafficking, controlled
    substance violations, kidnapping, financial fraud, burglary, robbery, weapons
    violations, and criminal mischief.

Still think vehicle theft is just about someone nicking your car to get home or make  a few bob?

IACP’s mission statement:

Studies, considers, and determines the various methods and means by which vehicle crimes are committed, including the make and type of vehicles most commonly stolen; surveys, investigates, and evaluates the techniques and methods employed by the police and other agencies in solving and reducing the incidence of vehicle crimes cases; and reports to this Association for the dissemination to all interested agencies all pertinent information and recommendations that will reduce the incidence of this major crime. For the purpose of these objectives, the term “vehicle” shall include highway transport vehicles, off-highway recreational vehicles, boats, industrial and farm equipment, aircraft, and all other forms of transportation not included herein.

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Founded in 1893, the association’s goals are to advance the science and art of police services; to develop and disseminate improved administrative, technical and operational practices and promote their use in police work; to foster police cooperation and the exchange of information and experience among police administrators throughout the world; to bring about recruitment and training in the police profession of qualified persons; and to encourage adherence of all police officers to high professional standards of performance and conduct.