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MyCarCheck.com - the UK’s No.1 consumer vehicle data provider - has questioned the findings in a report by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) which suggests that the police have “almost given up” on car crime.
The BBC described “a devastating report for the police”, quoting the Inspector who led the review, Roger Baker, as saying: “...what's happened is a number of crimes are on the verge of being decriminalised… it’s a mindset that’s crept in to policing to say ‘We've almost given up’.”
Roger Powell, Divisional Head at CDL Vehicle Information Services, which owns MyCarCheck.com, commented: “We were astonished to read the comments from HMIC about the police supposedly having given up on car crime. This is an issue we deal with daily and the picture painted is simply not one we recognise.
“Our Glasgow call centre staff frequently hear shocking stories from recent victims of vehicle crime. We always advise ‘check before you buy’, but many people ring us when it’s too late. Following the unpleasant job of telling them their new car is stolen, we are duty bound to inform the police.
“In today’s global society, vehicle crime is a major enabler of other crimes, including firearms, drugs and terrorism. The police rightly focus their efforts on multiple thefts linked to organised criminal gangs (OCGs), or cases where there is clear evidence, such as CCTV footage.
“Vehicle crime is not something you solve, it’s an ongoing battle. It takes a professional thief 16 seconds to get into a car without breaking anything and the profit incentives are high – these assets are often worth £30k-£40k, sometimes more. The punishments aren’t much of a deterrent, so the police have a real job on their hands.
“At a time when police budgets are being slashed, and the government is considering open data proposals which could be a gift to criminals, HMIC’s report is unhelpful and unnecessarily harsh.
“Any media or automotive professionals interested in tackling vehicle crime should attend the ACPO Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (AVCIS) and International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI) conference in Loughborough on 24-25 September. MyCarCheck will be exhibiting and you’ll hear from a wide range of experts who certainly haven’t given up on car crime.”
MyCarCheck.com’s parent company, CDL Vehicle Information Services, performs over a million look-ups a day for companies including AutoExpress, CompareTheMarket, Confused.com, Go-Compare, Moneysupermarket, Swiftcover, Tesco Compare and WhatCar?.
It uses up-to-the-minute data from the Police (NPIA – previously known as the Police National Computer or PNC), the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and major finance houses including Lloyds TSB and Santander.
To help UK consumers make the right choice, MyCarCheck.com can confirm in seconds whether your potential pride and joy has ever been scrapped, stolen or written-off, has any money owing on it, has had a plate or colour change and much more.
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