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Vehicle Intelligence Scheme

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) objectives and (b) scope is of the Association of Chief Police Officers’ Vehicle Intelligence Scheme which receives funding from his Department. (308549)

The purpose of the ACPO Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (AVCIS) is to retain a strategic overview of issues affecting the UK specifically with regard to vehicle crime and vehicle enabled crime in order to maintain reductions in vehicle crime and vehicle enabled crime in the UK; improve recovery rates of stolen vehicles; and identify emerging threats and trends, developing a range of tactical options which are effective, timely and proportionate.

In order to deliver against its purpose, all the activities of AVCIS are categorised within six aims:

to reduce theft of vehicles;

to reduce theft from vehicles;

to increase recovery of stolen vehicles;

to reduce vehicle fraud;

to deliver bureau functions (including TruckPol); and

to develop AVCIS capability to deliver against its aims.

AVCIS delivers against this remit through close partnership with local police forces and regional intelligence units and national law enforcement agencies such as UKBA, SOCA and HMRC. It also works very closely with partners in the private sector, including insurers, manufacturers, vehicle tracking companies and others.