Headlines: October 15th, 1999

D evelopments in technology are converging to form a major part of the strategy to reduce car crime which costs 3 billion pounds each year. This represents one fifth of all crime. The target is a 30% reduction in car crime in 5 years.By linking databases to the Police National Computer police officers at the roadside will have on-line access to information to confirm that a driver is bona fide. New driving licensescarry a photograph which is held on the Driving Vehicle Licensing Agency computer. Following a change in legislation, police officers will be able to view the photograph and other licence details. There will also be direct access to the insurance industry’s new anti fraud and theft register and to the MoT database to help counter the trade in cannibalising damaged cars.

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