Thames police inspector wins European recovery award
Date: 23 January 2013
TRACKER, the UK leader in stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) technology, has presented Inspector Steve Madoc-Jones, from Thames Valley Police, with the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI) LoJack award for ‘Best Recovery in Europe’.
Inspector Madoc-Jones was the acting officer in an operation that resulted in the recovery of over £800,000 worth of stolen vehicles with the whole value of the operation estimated in the millions.
LoJack Corporation is a worldwide provider of tracking and recovery systems and its technology is operated in the UK by TRACKER. The award was presented to Inspector Madoc-Jones by Adrian Davenport, TRACKER’s Police Liaison Manager for the South of England and Wales at a ceremony in Bratislava, Slovakia.
When Inspector Madoc-Jones responded to a TRACKER alert of a stolen BMW Z4, he followed the signal and found the vehicle on a farm near Chalfont Saint Giles. At the farm he also discovered 16 stolen cars and one motorbike. The vehicles were in the process of being cut up or dismantled into parts. Six stolen items of plant were also recovered, ranging from excavators to rollers and compression.
Inspector Madoc-Jones explains, “We discovered that all the recovered items were destined for Beirut and several containers had already transported. Further investigation revealed an additional eight stolen vehicles in a container which we had detained in Beirut. This was an incredible case, in which one stolen vehicle led us to a highly organised operation which involved stealing vehicles and machinery and shifting them overseas. We made three arrests and recovered around £800,000 worth of stolen property, which could be returned to the rightful owners, making this a huge success for vehicle owners and the police.
“Winning the LoJack award for the best recovery in Europe is just the icing on the cake and really highlights the value of tracking units in helping police forces locate stolen vehicles and bringing criminals to justice.”
Adrian Davenport of TRACKER, comments, “This whole operation resulted in a total value of millions of pounds and sent a clear message to criminals. It’s only a matter of time before they steal the wrong vehicle and its hidden tracker unit leads police right to their door. As operators of LoJack technology in the UK, TRACKER is delighted to present this well-deserved award to Inspector Madoc-Jones and Thames Valley Police for their hard work on this case. TRACKER continues to work closely with all 52 of the UK’s police forces helping to close the net on thieves and help motorists recover their stolen vehicles.”
TRACKER stolen vehicle recovery systems work like an electronic homing device. A covert transmitter is hidden in one of several dozen places around the vehicle. There is no visible aerial, so the thief won’t even know it’s there. Unlike other tracking systems, the device works even if the vehicle is hidden in a garage or taken abroad in a container, offering car owners the ultimate in peace of mind should the worst happen.