Article date: 7 May 2008
- Record low thefts unveiled at National Vehicle Crime Conference
Figures released today at the National Vehicle Crime Conference show that caravan thefts have dropped by a staggering 70% since 2000. Working closely with the Home Office as part of the Leisure Sector Crime Reduction Action Team (LSCRAT) industry bodies and consumer groups have made a significant impact on the level of caravan crime.
Alan Bishop, chairman of LSCRAT and industry relations director for HPI, says: "Today we are enjoying the lowest ever recorded theft figures for caravans. When the Home Office asked me to take the chair of the LSCRAT in early 2000, caravan thefts were at an all time high. Over 5,000 caravans were being stolen every year causing distress to their owners and costing the industry millions. By working together we have reduced that by some 70% with current levels running at just 1,600 per annum."
A key part of the success is down to an education programme designed to help police officers throughout the country to tackle caravan crime with confidence. Central to this programme was the improved access provided by HPI to the NCC's Caravan Registration and Identification Scheme, (CRiS) which is now available on-line 24/7 as part of a suite of police support tools.
"This achievement is testament to the hard work of the industry as a whole," concludes Bishop. "New and innovative built-in security devices were developed, while consumer groups raised awareness of the need for vigilance. But by far the greatest impact has been through improved police activity.
"It is important that we continue to build on this success. Nobody should think ‘job done', otherwise we will soon see a return to the multi-million pound losses the industry suffered at the end of the last century. I am confident that new initiatives in the pipe-line and the on-going commitment to police liaison will ensure we reduce the levels of caravan theft even further."
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The Leisure Sector Crime Reduction Action Team was established in 1999 as part of the Home Office VCRAT initiative. The Group consists of representatives from The Caravan Club, The Camping and Caravanning Club, The National Caravan Council, Police Forces, the ACPO Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service, Caravan Insurers and Technology providers. It is Chaired by Alan Bishop from HPI.