PCC joins Vehicle Crime Taskforce
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner has agreed
to help the government tackle car crime by making contributions to
its new Vehicle Crime Taskforce
David Jamieson has been spearheading a countrywide campaign
aimed at tackling the security weaknesses that exist in many
The Taskforce will work to improve vehicle security
standards, introduce tough new procedures for the salvage industry
and to restrict the sale of tools, both mechanical and electronic,
which can be used to steal vehicles.
Car thefts in the West Midlands have almost tripled since
2015 and, as such, Mr Jamieson has made tackling the issue a
priority for the area's police.
In 2018 Mr Jamieson met with Ford, Nissan, Audi, Jaguar
LandRover (insert others) and put pressure on them to close
security loopholes in their keyless technology.
The Commissioner is also ensuring West Midlands Police does
all it can to clamp down on organised criminals who make millions
of pounds by stealing vehicles and either shipping them to
customers abroad or chopping them up in back street garages and
selling them for parts.
The Taskforce will be chaired by the Policing Minister, Nick
A representative from the PCC's office will sit on the
taskforce which will meet every 6 months and includes key players
in the car industry. Other than the Met, the West Midlands is the
only force represented.
The taskforce's work includes:
- Working to improve vehicle security standards across the
- Making changes to legislation and codes of practice where
necessary to ensure that criminals cannot take advantage of the
motor salvage process
- To look to see whether measures are required to restrict the
sale of tools which can be used to steal vehicles through
David Jamieson said: "I have been calling for the government
to take more action on vehicle crime for some time. Through this
taskforce I want to see swift action to bring down vehicle thefts
and disrupt the operation of organised criminals.
"I have made vehicle crime a top priority for West Midlands
"It will play its part in tackling these crimes, having made
almost 1,000 arrests and more than 600 vehicle recoveries since
"However, vehicle manufacturers need to start making their
vehicles more difficult for thieves to steal.
"Through this taskforce we will be seeking to achieve a
higher standard of vehicle security, requiring vehicles which have
been repaired after being written off to undergo a safety and
identity check to ensure that parts from stolen cars have not been
used in their repair.
"I am still concerned that equipment which can be used to
easily steal a vehicle through electronic compromise is still on
sale to the general public.
"I have been calling on retailers to act responsibly and stop
selling these devices which are being used to commit these