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Crime: Motor Vehicles

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps the Government has taken to reduce levels of car theft in (a) England and Wales, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency. (249579)

Reducing car theft remains a Government priority and we are seeking to maintain the reductions that were achieved in exceeding PSA1. We expect Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs ) to prioritise this crime where it is identified as a local problem as part of their work to reduce Serious Acquisitive Crime (SAC). It has been included within the definition of Serious Acquisitive Crime as part of our new set of PSAs and is included under the SAC indicator (NI 16) in the National Indicator Set for Local Area Agreements. NI 16 has been chosen as a priority indicator in the Middlesbrough Local Area Agreement. While Redcar and Cleveland have decided not to include NI16 in their Local Area Agreement indicators, the CDRP has an action plan in place and activity is under way to tackle and reduce vehicle crime.

Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs) in the North East region undertake a range of activities based upon local priorities identified through strategic assessments that have contributed to this success. This work includes:

offering targeted crime prevention advice in ‘hot spot areas’ to help prevent victimisation and repeat victimisation

working to secure car park areas

targeting prolific offenders in ‘hot spot’ areas

making regular use of automatic number plate recognition operations

undertaking operations with a ‘sting’ vehicle equipped with CCTV camera at peak times in ‘hot spot’ areas.