Clubs can help stem the clas­sic car crime­wave

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Your Letters -

Read­ing your news story about the ‘Land Rover crime­wave’ (20 April) the re­cent sim­i­lar thefts of var­i­ous Fords and other clas­sics is ef­fec­tively here to stay and we have to ac­cept it. The ris­ing val­ues and the ease at which any clas­sic can be stolen has be­come the al­ter­na­tive for some thieves who have found the mod­ern ve­hi­cles to much has­sle to over­come the se­cu­rity sys­tems. The cloning too has be­come more dif­fi­cult too un­like the clas­sic where an iden­tity can be changed within an hour of work with a donor ve­hi­cle. If of course it is not a ‘chop shop’ op­er­a­tion.

Own­ers who are vic­tims of these thefts will know the po­lice will not be car­ry­ing out any in­ves­ti­ga­tions and their cher­ished clas­sic is treated like any other ve­hi­cle. A re­port is made, a Crime Ref­er­ence Num­ber is is­sued and you are ad­vised to con­tact your in­sur­ance com­pany. That is it, noth­ing more, and that’s some­thing many own­ers find hard to un­der­stand.

I be­lieve it has come to a point where clas­sic car clubs and in­sur­ers need to get to­gether and per­haps form their own in­tel­li­gence/in­ves­ti­ga­tion and in­for­ma­tion-col­lat­ing bureau that could stem the num­ber of ve­hi­cles be­ing stolen. Cer­tainly some­thing con­struc­tive needs to be or­gan­ised or we are just go­ing to be read­ing sto­ries such as these Land Rover thefts more fre­quently. Richard Her­itage, mem­ber In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Au­to­mo­bile Theft In­ves­ti­ga­tors (www.iaati.org.uk)

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