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Abandoned Vehicles: Speeding up the process

Thames Valley Partnership/Association of Councils in the Thames Valley Region
(ACTVaR)
This paper has been compiled by ACTVaRv and Thames Valley Partnership to raise awareness amongst local authorities and others of the issues relating to the increasing problem of abandoned vehicles on the streets and in the countryside.

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The Government’s Position

The Government takes vehicle crime very seriously. That is why the Prime Minister has set a national target of reducing vehicle crime by 30% over five years. In practice this means that by March 2004 there should be 323,000 fewer car crimes a year than there were in April 1999.

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Motor Salvage Industry Consultation Paper

This consultation is effectively a re-consultation exercise. The Home Office consulted widely in April 2000 on the proposals to regulate the motor salvage industry and received broad support for proposals which have been taken forward in The Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001, which received Royal Assent on 10 April 2001.

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The Vehicles (Crime) Act

The Vehicles (Crime) Act received Royal Assent on 10 April 2001. This Act will help to prevent criminals passing on the identity of legitimate vehicles, which may have been seriously damaged or written off, to stolen vehicles. 

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Mobile Phone Theft

Recently published Home Office research shows that children of school age are at least five times more likely to become victims of mobile phone theft, including robbery, than adults.

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Arson in Rural areas

Farms are particularly vulnerable to arson due to their isolated location, open boundaries and easy availability of readily ignitable material. Every year in the UK, about 1,700 farm buildings and 66,000 acres of grassland are destroyed by fire. About half the fires are started deliberately, either as vandalism or for insurance fraud.

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Operation Anchorage: Intelligence-led Policing in Australia

Operation Anchorage, a recent Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Policing campaign targeting burglary, has been recognised by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) as an excellent example of intelligence-led policing. The four-month burglary campaign, which ran from February to July 2001, was driven by a large intelligence cell, enabling police to target burglary hot spots and prolific offenders. 

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Installing Alley-Gates: Practical Lessons from Burglary Prevention Projects

This briefing note provides guidance on the practical issues that must be addressed when considering alley-gating and is based on preliminary findings from projects funded under the Reducing Burglary Initiative (RBI) in the North West and North East of England. 

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Distraction Burglary Taskforce Good Practice Guide

The Distraction Burglary Taskforce is a partnership covering local and national government, the police, business and the voluntary sector. It is sponsored by the Home Office, Water UK (and its constituent members) the Electricity Association, BT and British Gas.

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The Chipping Of Goods Initiative

Marking and tracking systems based on electronic data tags can overcome many of the limitations of conventional systems to identify the ownership of personal property. Such systems are expected to assist investigators or police officers in identifying and recovering stolen merchandise, and be a powerful deterrent to would-be thieves. 

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Stop, Chain Check: How to beat the bogus caller

Most people who call at your home will be genuine. But sometimes, people turn up unannounced, with the intention of tricking their way into home. They are known as ‘distraction burglars’ or ‘bogus callers’, whose only aim is to get into homes to distract people and steal their money or valuables. 

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