Policing Minister Nick Hurd chairs Government’s new vehicle crime Task Force

Policing Minister Nick Hurd

Policing Minister Nick Hurd

Policing Minister Nick Hurd has chaired the first meeting of a Task Force whose members aimed to tackle vehicle theft. The new Task Force replicates the successful model used to reduce moped-related crime in London, which fell by a third in the period from January to October last year compared with the same period in 2017. It will drive forward action designed to reduce and prevent vehicle crime and promote Best Practice in security.

The Task Force will meet every six months and publish an action plan containing new measures. Vehicle theft has risen by 7% in the last 12 months and has impacted communities across the country.

Nick Hurd said: “We are determined to take swift and decisive action on emerging crime threats. With rates of vehicle theft increasing, I’m keen to ensure everything is being done to prevent these crimes. Drawing together the police, industry and Government proved to be a successful way to see what more could be done to support police efforts to tackle moped crime and I’m eager to see the results of applying a similar model to vehicle theft. The determination and common purpose at the inaugural meeting was encouraging and I’m confident the Task Force will significantly strengthen our response to vehicle theft.”

The Task Force’s work includes improving vehicle security standards across the industry, ensuring robust measures are in place to prevent criminals exploiting the motor salvage process and reviewing whether further measures are required to stop devices that may be used to commit vehicle theft falling into criminals’ hands.

Attendees at the first meeting included representatives from the National Police Chiefs’ Council, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Thatcham Research, the Motorcycle Retail Industry Association, the Association of British Insurers, the Combined Industries Theft Solution, the London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, the West Midlands Police and the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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