To Join the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators ( IAATI) UK - click here. IAATI’s committee continually works on multiple issues regarding vehicle related crimes. Currently work groups are focusing on rental vehicle thefts, emerging technology issues and creating a vehicle crimes toolkit for smaller agencies. Click here to see what resources are available .
05/2018 - The latest Registration Certificates appear to have fallen victim to GDPR (?). A new keeper of a vehicle will receive a V5C displaying their name at Section 1 'Registered Keeper' but at Section 2 where previously 'The Previous Registered Keeper' details were printed, they will now be presneted:
Never mind that the previous keeper could well be the vendor, that you may need to contact this person and the information is on a document held privately i.e. not on public display, it appears the info’ is now considered sacrosanct. Let’s hope the DVLA reviews its release of keeper information to enable prompt and painless release of the record which has to date often proved a quick means to verify an account and resolve a claim.
We continue to assist insurers and their insureds by providing 'Keeper At Date of Event' (KADOE) information, personal records from the DVLA's keeper register. Understandably, this is not without restriction however, we are seeking to ensure the permitted reasons are extended to those which are most frequently required by insurers - own VRM.
We understand that where a vehicle is involved in a staged collision (for example), it 'takes 2 to tango'; the complicity involves not just the Third Party, but your own insured.
As for helping your insured, we would be pleased to assist both you and them by confirming (in the absence of a V5C) that your insured is, as they should be, the registered keeper. However, thus far, our attempts to be permitted such an approach electronically have been unsuccessful! This should be explained to the insured who will need to make their own approach, likely using a V888 - click here. Unfortunately, whilst a KADOE request would likely take a few days, the V888 response will probably be weeks.
In the meantime, our clients are reminded of the need to seek information in accordance with 'permitted purposes' and to email CMA for an up-to-date application form.
The following documents may be of interest and assistance:
We continue in our attempts to ensure both you and your insured's are assisted by being able to make inquiries of own (insured) vehicles:
involved in a collsion
that have been stolen
We will continue to service those requests where fraud is suspected.
Have the police resigned themselves to the fact that they are little more than a recording facility? A vehicle theft is (eventually) placed on the PNC LoS (Police National Computer Lost or Stolen) register in the hope this ‘negative’ will become a ‘positive’ and the scales of justice are one again balanced … since 16th century, Lady Justice is regularly depicted wearing a blindfold representing impartiality. Whilst the ideal is that justice should be applied without regard to wealth, power or status it appears this can now be equally applied to the failure to see the harm a vehicle theft causes:
- inconvenience, hardship and financial loss to the original victim
- profit to a thief – without deterrent
- substantial inconvenience and loss to an Innocent purchaser unknowingly acquiring such a car
- wasted police resources
19/10/2017, reported by the Association of British Investigators:
‘My car was parked on my driveway – the next morning it was gone’
I immediately called the maker’s On Call service, which I’d subscribed to, to see if it could be traced or immobilised. The chap on the line was very sympathetic, but explained I would need to speak to the police first before he could do anything. So that’s who I called next, to be told that only the “investigating officers” could speak to the On Call service and that they’d phone me back. This they did; seven hours later.
I was asked a few cursory questions and then told: “We won’t be able to investigate this further.” It felt like the ultimate box-ticking exercise.
I’m told my car is now likely on its way to Africa or Eastern Europe. That’s shocking enough. But it’s the casual acceptance of its fate that will be my lasting impression of the whole sorry episode.
The full, frank and concerning episode can be read by clicking here.
Possibly it is time for the authorities to embrace the work undertaken by insurers, their representatives, vehicle information suppliers, security experts and the likes of IAATI UK? The police have 'better things to do' than dealing with vehicle crime at its lowest level but it is here to stay and on the increase - dramatically so (about 30%). Nationwide there is an inconsistent approach to the subject, a lack of knowledge (how many stolen vehicle squads remain?) and therefore a lack of deterrent. Archaic processes remain and it appears the approach to recording a vehicle theft is little more than it was in the 80's with a crime report being endorsed:
"vehicle left locked, secure and unattended. Unable to assist re' suspects".
There is so much more than could be done to deter theft, protect those who are offered a stolen vehicle and enable police officers to get on with 'priorities' and 'performance indicators'.
The Earl of Lytton (26/06/2017) stated, in response to the Queen’s speech:
“I welcome the attention being given to the question of spurious personal injury claims in motor accidents, but Highways England’s own contractors are apparently not averse to submitting inflated “green claims”, as they are known, for highway infrastructure damage caused during motor accidents.
These increase insurance costs, too, and appear to be outwith the contractual arrangements with Highways England, and yet nothing seems to be done about them”.*
Over the past years Claims Management & Adjusting Ltd has collated much information to demonstrate, as an example, Kier Highways Ltd., did not price claims against Third Parties (drivers, fleets & insurers) in accordance with their Area 9 contract from day one and that Highways England failed to uncover the conduct – or failed to address it. That we caused KHL to abandon their first methodology in late 2015 evidences non-compliance from the outset. Current charging is claimed to be consistent with the contract but this is disputed ... and Area 9 is currently the subject of an investigation.
We provide further information at www.EnglandHighways.co.uk
*Hansard – click here
5-year road-fatality high. Government figures show that the number of people killed on British roads rose to 1792 in 2016, the highest figure since 2011.
Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart’s director of policy and research, says: “Although cars are getting safer and there has been a step change in new road investment, careless human behaviour and increasing traffic levels are cancelling this out.” – full story – whatcar.com
Pedestrian deaths saw the largest year-on-year rise at 10 per cent, followed by car occupants (8 per cent).
Some 24,101 people were seriously injured on Britain’s roads in 2016 – full story metro.co.uk
2016 Reported Road casualties in Great Britain, report; – Road Casualties 2016
1st October – New Salvage Categories
The updated insurance industry code of practice for dealing with motor salvage, published in June 2017 came into effect yesterday 01/10/2017. The new code reflects the increasing complexity of newer vehicles which can make it harder for damaged cars to be safely repaired. It also has a greater focus on the condition of the vehicle rather than repair costs. Changes include:
- Replacing previous salvage categories A, B, C and D with
- A: Scrap
- B: Break
- S: Structurally damaged repairable
- N: Non-structurally damaged repairable
- The scope of the code has been increased to include some guidance on motorcycles and quadricycles
- Minimum qualification requirements have been introduced for all individuals who categorise vehicle salvage.
The new code can be read here:- Salvage 2017
The old code can be read here:- Salvage 2007
20/07/2017 – The ONS (Office for National statistics) published its Statistical bulletin:
Crime in England and Wales: year ending Mar 2017 – Crime in England and Wales year ending Mar 2017
It appears to have been missed by many.
‘Most categories of theft in the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) estimates showed an apparent reduction compared with the previous year’s survey but the only statistically significant decreases were in the subcategories of other theft of personal property (16%), other household theft (13%) and vehicle-related theft (10%).’
But page 20 of the report is specific and demonstrates the increase in vehicle crime we have noticed:
Theft of Motor-Vehicle is up 19% when compared with 04/2015 to 03/2016. The reported thefts almost reach 100,000, the recorded figure being 97,152. This equates to about
- 260 / day
- 11 / hour
So a vehicle is stolen every day, 24-hours / day every 6 minutes (or less).
The statistics do not identify the recoveries but we would be surprised if there is anything like 50% being found. So that’s about 50,000 vehicle which ‘disappear’. If they have a value of £10,000 each, the loss is £500 million.
The theft rate equates to about 1 in every 380 licensed vehicles on our roads.
IAATI has called for greater attention to the problem which sees victims suffer inconvenience, distress an financial hardship whilst being a lucrative trade for those involved in just about every facet of criminal activity.