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TRACKER warns that falling national car crime figures are misguided

Date: 27 July 2015

Leading stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) expert, TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation), believes that falling car crime figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) are skewing public perception of vehicle crime at a time when vigilance and security are ever more crucial. 
 
According to the latest ONS data, the number of vehicles stolen has fallen by 70% in the last 10 years across England and Wales, with vehicle theft at its lowest since 1968.  However, the fact remains that major cities such as London, Birmingham, Manchester and the West and South of Yorkshire are still encountering a significant challenge in tackling vehicle theft.
 
Andy Barrs, Police Liaison Officer for TRACKER explains, “The Mayor of London’s Police and Crime Plan, outlines a focus on vehicle theft as a key priority, with sizable increases happening in key London boroughs, such as Westminster (59%), Islington (35%) and Camden (31%). 
 
“It could well be that the London vehicle theft rate is being overlooked by the industry because the Home Office no longer break down individual categories of vehicle, for example theft of and theft from motor vehicle, preferring instead to measure them under the all-encompassing banner of ‘vehicle crime.’ Nonetheless, the Home Office public facing crime comparator website (http://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmic/crime-and-policing-comparator/) clearly indicates that large Metropolitan forces are still struggling to stem the rising trend in vehicle theft, thereby indicating a clear disparity between the picture painted by the Home Office and the reality in London and the UK’s larger cities.”
 
However, TRACKER supports calls by the automotive industry to local authorities to collect more detailed data about how vehicles are being stolen, recognising the need for a nationwide understanding of  the types of theft being conducted across the country.
 
“Although the ONS figures paint an overall rosy picture, it’s clear that on the ground, police are still fighting the war against vehicle crime. Criminals are quick to adapt to new technology by finding weaknesses in security systems or indeed, stealing vehicles using the keys stolen from the owner’s home or in some instances, assaulting the owner on the driveway.  Now is the time to lead an even more focused march against the criminals by improving security and tracking technology and working together to close the net on thieves.”
 
Unlike other devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate stolen vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage or shipping container. TRACKER has been reuniting car lovers with their vehicles for 20 years, and it’s this expertise which makes TRACKER the leader in stolen vehicle recovery. 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.
 
The Mayor of London of for Policing and Crime :
Increases in Vehicle Theft March-May 2015

  1. Westminster – 59% increase
  2. Islington – 35% increase
  3. Camden 31% increase
  4. Kensington & Chelsea – 22% increase
  5. Bexley – 12% increase
  6. Wandsworth– 12% increase
  7. Tower Hamlets– 12% increase
  8. Richmond upon Thames – 8% increase

https://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/policing-crime/data-information/crime-dashboard

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