Headlines: September 30th, 1999

The target to reduce car crime by 30% in 5 years looks more achievable following proposals from the Home Office Car Crime Reduction Team. Task groups from all sections of the vehicle industry, as well as from police, consumers and insurers have contributed to the Team’s proposals.The options for reducing car crime are being fed into the 400 partnerships set up between police and local councils. All the partnerships published their crime reduction strategies in April, but many failed to set any target for reducing car crime. Home Secretary Jack Straw has made it clear that targets must be set by April 2000.

Reducing car crime is a priority because of the substantial impact it has on people’s lives. It costs 3 billion pounds each year and represents one quarter of recorded crime.