New Task Force to tackle rise in vehicle theft in the UK
A new task force has been formed, headed by Policing Minister Nick Hurd, aimed at tacking the rising number of vehicle theft in the UK.
Theft of vehicles has risen after decades of decline. I have convened a cross sector task force to develop a new plan to prevent & disrupt increasingly organised crime.Thx to @PoliceChiefs @WMPolice @MOPACLdn @CITS_UK @BritishInsurers @ThatchamRsrch @WestMidsPCC for input pic.twitter.com/r57id3DJPc— Nick Hurd (@NickHurdUK) January 15, 2019
The new task force met for the first time on 15th January. The stated aim is to mirror the success of a similar model used to prevent moped-related crime in the capital. Action taken between for the first ten months of 2018 saw incidents fall by around a third when compared to the same period in 2017.
Representatives from the Police, Thatcham research, the retail motor industry, and the insurance industry were all in attendance at the inaugural meeting.
The task force will meet biannually and lay out new processes in an action plan.
It has recently been reported that vehicle theft has risen with over 500,000 vehicles stolen in the last decade with only 45.3% every recovered with recovery rates falling.
It has also been highlighted recently that the main increase in vehicle thefts has come with the ever more sophisticated methods used by thieves to vehicles using the vehicles own 'keyless' entry system.
The new task force will have several aims. Firstly, they will work with the motor industry to improve security standards on vehicles, as well as to look to stop devices that bypass security from falling into the wrong hands.