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UK vehicle theft on the rise

The latest British Crime Survey confirmed that vehicle theft is officially on the rise for the first time in 20 years, writes Justin Powell, president of the UK branch of the IAATI (International Association of Auto Theft Investigators).

The period April 2015 to March 2016 saw an 8 per cent rise, with 80,047 vehicles recorded as stolen in the UK. Considering there are 38.237 million (38,237,000) vehicles currently taxed and registered in the UK, it would be easy to dismiss these losses as insignificant.

Unfortunately, the 80,047 figure, due to the way in which these stats are recorded, provides a completely false picture of the true extent of vehicle theft and vehicle ‘enabled’ crime currently taking place across the UK.

The actual financial loss much higher and people need to ‘wake up’ to what it is really costing this country. What’s more, with cuts to specialist vehicle crime units, I regretfully anticipate that the situation will get worse not better over the next few years.

For the article from there, visit the IAATI UK website.


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