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Theft: Driver Information Systems

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many thefts of satellite navigation systems for cars took place in (a) the constituency of Ruislip-Northwood, (b) each London borough and (c) England in the last three years for which figures are available; (135825)

(2) what estimate he has made of the value of stolen satellite navigation systems for cars over the last three years for which figures are available.

Figures for theft of satellite navigation systems are not collected centrally and no estimate has been made of the total value of those stolen.

Anecdotal evidence from a number of police forces, including the Metropolitan Police, is that this type of theft is a growing problem in some force areas. To help combat it, the Home Office met a number of the main manufacturers in 2005 and, as a result, some of the manufacturers fast-tracked the introduction of security features into new models. The Home Office also produced a crime prevention advice leaflet aimed at motorists showing them the simple steps they could take to help prevent them becoming victims of this type of crime. This leaflet is available on the Home Office website and is intended for use by police and Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships.