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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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June 2017 President’s Newsletter

Following his recent appointment, please click here to read the newsletter from Mike Briggs our 2017-2018 President.

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May 2017 Newsletter

… and just before the 2017 conference takes place (quick – book here now before it’s too late), our President manages to produce another newsletter – IAATI Newsletter May 2017.  The tone gets more upbeat as you progress (stick with it) but I do wonder whether the ‘3 P’s’ have come home to roost insofar as vehicle crime is concerned … Priorities Proportionality & Performance indicators have taken their tool on the resources that can be applied to vehicle crime.  Possibly it is time for the Government to admit ‘it’s over to you, the private sector, because we’re overrun with terrorists, paedophiles, sexual offences, illegal immigrants, gun / knife crime, gangs etc….

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MoT’s – accept paper at your peril

MoT Forgeries Following DVSA clarification  used car buyers are urged to check MOT details online – the paper certificate is too susceptible to forgery. Following a clarification by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), we are urging used car buyers to check MOT details online, rather than relying on the paper certificate. In response to a Freedom of Information request the DVSA’s MOT Scheme Management Team confirmed: “…the view of DVSA is that the test certificate is a receipt style certificate and it is the database holds the authorative [sic] record… DVSA advice is that if a customer has concerns to the validity of the certificate or wishes to, they can…

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