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Car Crime & Constabulary Confidence

BirminghamLive reported in 2017 How gangs are targeting high-value cars in the West Midlands.  West Midlands Police chief constable David Thompson said car crime had “flipped” nationally. Organised crime gangs stealing high-value cars to ship abroad or cut up for parts are becoming a “serious problem”. Could it be this intention to ‘strip & ship’ has overtaken the third option commonly encountered; the change of vehicle identity, the selling on of cloned or ringed vehicles? The sum of the parts had long been known to be worth more than the vehicle.  In the mid ’90’s US law enforcement was warning of chop-shops and the ease with which components were removed, those

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Is there a commercial future for the policing of Vehicle Crime?

Ask anyone in the UK today who deals in the enforcement, prevention and disruption of vehicle & crime and they will tell you that their belief in the ability of police to both deal with and control these escalating offences in the future appears pretty uncertain. Government officials and senior police officers attending the recent UK’s National Vehicle Crime Conference held in Loughborough for instance were unanimous in expressing their concerns about the dramatic changes in the very dynamics of the current crime epidemic and suggested an urgent re think was required before things got out of hand. Read Dr Ken German’s full APB article here.

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DVLA Remove ‘The Previous Keeper’ from the Registration Certificate (V5C)

No more ‘Previous Keeper’ information displayed on the V5C: In or about May 2018, the appearance of the Registration Certificate (V5C) appears to have been changed; Section 2 (front page) had displayed the previous keeper’s name and address. This has now been removed and replaced with: 2. Data protection DVLA handles your personal data in accordance with road vehicle law and data protection laws. The law allows us to release your data to the police and other enforcement bodies. We also provide data to other parties where the law allows it. For further information about how we process your data, your rights and who to contact, see our privacy notice

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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 For the agenda – 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

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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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