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Steering Wheel Theft

02/2018 – Police have issued CCTV footage in the hunt for thieves pinching steering wheels from high-priced cars. Since November, steering wheels have been stolen from BMWs, Mercedes and Audis in areas including Maidstone, Sevenoaks and Longfield. Video footage of two men during an alleged theft near Chatham has now been released and can be found here. A more recent incident was also capture don CCTV in the West Malling area: 03/2018 – Kent Police Man charged in connection with steering wheel thefts Detectives investigating the theft of steering wheels have charged a man. Police were called to Carroll Gardens, Larkfield at 3.54am on Monday 12 March 2018 after receiving a

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02/2018 President’s Message

Hello to all IAATI UK members and members globally, welcome to my second 6 monthly newsletter. We have seen a continued increase in vehicle crime which threatens our daily lives, either impacting directly or indirectly. By continuing to work together spreading knowledge of the issues that we are up against and creating effective solutions to combat these issues as we have done so in the past.Statistics reveal that the numbers of reported vehicle thefts have not been so high since the turn of the century. Vehicle crime has changed since the 1990s, today’s vehicle thief will target specific vehicles, often stealing them to order. The vehicles are then either shipped abroad in containers

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2018 National Vehicle Crime Conference

The International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI) UK Branch will be hosting our from June 6th through June 7th, 2018. This year’s venue is on the grounds of Loughborough University. This will be a full 2 day seminar of interactive sessions on auto theft related topics. We are writing to you as we would like you to have the opportunity of joining us as a supporter and/or delegate of this event. To read more, click here The UK branch has a healthy membership of delegates attending from throughout the UK and Europe. We are a member of the International association that commands a current roster consists of approximately 3,604 members who

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Malaysia November 2017

Between the 8th November and the 12th November 2017 the Kuala Lumpur International Automotive Symposium (KLIAS) 2017 was held in Kuala Lumpur and hosted by the Malaysian Automotive Institute. A panel of speakers, rich in experience in combating vehicle and insurance crime was convened during the exhibition. The panel included a number of members of IAATI from the UK, Europe, South Africa and Australia. To read our President’s update about the visit – Malaysia November 2017

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Car Crime; who cares?

IAATI does!  However, some appear to have resigned themselves to the fact that they are little more than a recording facility.  The theft is (eventually) placed on the PNC LoS register and it is hoped this ‘negative’ will become a ‘positive’ and the scales of justice are one again balanced … since 16th century, Lady Justice is regularly depicted wearing a blindfold representing impartiality.  Whilst the ideal is that justice should be applied without regard to wealth, power or status it appears this can now be equally applied to the failure to see the harm a vehicle theft causes: inconvenience, hardship and financial loss to the original victim profit to a thief –

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Vehicle Theft ‘Rockets’

“The United Kingdom’s most stolen and recovered cars have been revealed as new figures prove that selfish, mean spirited, crooks stole 30% more in 2016 than 2013, the RAC’s freedom of information request confirmed. During 2016 – in 40 of the nation’s 45 police force regions – 85,688 cars were stolen compared to 65,783 in 2013.”  The most stolen car, that holding the ‘number 1’ position is: The BMW X5 – the most stolen and recovered car of 2016.  The full story can be read at Regit. WhatCar has a similar account reporting a 30% increase in vehicle theft in 3 years – click here to read the full story.

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An $86 million project in 57 lines of code

08/2017: Australia – a story of ANPR (automatic number plate recognition)  that captures the imagination; prototyping a vehicle-mounted license plate scanner that would automatically notify you if a vehicle had been stolen or was unregistered results in the ability to takes an image from a dashcam video, push it through an open source license plate recognition system installed locally on the device, query the registration check service and return the results for display. to read more, click here. Of course, we have such systems here and have done for many years.  Possibly there are those readers who recall Operation Igneous from the late 90’s (or am i just showing my

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65th IAATI International Training Seminar

From the 27th August 2017 to the 1st September 2017, the South African police hosted  International Training Seminar in Cape Town titled ‘Break the Cycle’.  The seminar brought together IAATI members from over 26 countries and the UK Branch was represented by our President.   The conference was opened by the Minister of Police the honourable Mr Fikile Mbalula with the South African Police colour guard presenting the colours.  An overview of the days can be read here: IAATI SA 2017

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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

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2017 Crime Survey

20/07/2017, the ONS (office for National statistics) published its Statistical bulletin: Crime in England and Wales year ending Mar 2017 It appears to have been missed by many. ‘Most categories of theft in the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) estimates showed an apparent reduction compared with the previous year’s survey but the only statistically significant decreases were in the subcategories of other theft of personal property (16%), other household theft (13%) and vehicle-related theft (10%).’ But page 20 of the report is specific and demonstrates the increase in vehicle crime we have noticed: Theft of Motor-Vehicle is up 19% when compared with 04/2015 to 03/2016.   The reported thefts

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