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Extra funds to tackle car theft

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by David Masters

The police unit responsible for fighting car crime has been awarded a £300,000 grant from the Home Office.

The Association of Chief Police Officers’ Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (AVCIS) will use the grant to identify trends in vehicle break-ins.

The funds will also be used to work out the best ways of recovering stolen vehicles.

Acting Detective Chief Inspector Mark Hooper, head of AVCIS, welcomed the extra money.

“The funding from the Home Office will ensure we can make further progress in targeting criminal activity and driving down vehicle enabled crime, which in turn will have a positive impact on society and crime rates in general,” he said.

“My team is absolutely determined to maintain the downward trend which last year saw approximately 65,000 less victims of vehicle crime than the year before.”

Since 2006, AVCIS has recovered £14 million worth of stolen vehicles.

The unit works in partnership with a variety of motor industry organisations, including the Finance and Leasing Association, Tracker, owned by RBS and HPI, a private firm which checks the history of used vehicles.

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