The Foundation for Tackling Vehicle Crime was founded in the summer of 1997 by 10 partners, both public and private.
The partners are: the ministries of Justice, Transport, the Police, the national prosecution authority, the association of insurers, the car branch, the consumers association for mobility (ANWB), the Dutch Employers Association on Transport and Logistics (TLN) and Car Recycling the Netherlands (ARN).
The foundation has its own executive agency (program bureau) which co-ordinates and executes the projects as formulated in a long term program.
The targets of the foundation are: to reduce vehicle crime (i.c. theft of and fraud) by means of prevention and by supporting the public partners in investigations.
The results since the start of the foundation are: minus 33 % theft of matriculated vehicles, minus € 125 mio loss for insurers and far less thefts of mopeds and bicycles (minus 20%).
The long term program consists of a ‘six parts program’, each with its own target, namely:
The promotion of immobilisers in older cars, the promotion of the use of Tracking & Tracing in cars, the use of tags in mopeds and bicycles and the certification of all of these techniques as well as the procedures around them.
Current state of developments:
- Tags in mopeds and in new bicycles
- Universal scanner
- Tracking and Tracing demanded by insurers for the most expensive cars
- Immobilizers compulsory since October 1998 in new cars; most of the vans have immobilisers too
- Developing studies on EVI and partsmarking
- Certification rules of all equipments and regulations mentioned above
By the year 2006 ringing will be nearly impossible, and professional receivers of stolen vehicles will be dealt with effectively. The general public and the involved parties will be aware of the possibility of legalising of and respectively receiving of stolen vehicles and spare parts.
The selling of ringed vehicles abroad in Europe has been made very difficult by means of the use of Eucaris in many countries and by strong co-operation with all European countries
Current state of affairs: the inspection centres of the RDW, the police and insurance companies are working to eradicate the loop-holes in the law (the ‘Total-loss’ workgroup).
By the year 2007, there will be an unequivocal system for public and private information exchange between European nations regarding stolen vehicles.
There is a tightening of the checks regarding the legalisation of stolen cars in European countries
The border control on the outskirts of Europe and in all ports has been stepped up.
The international revindication procedures have been sharpened.
An international standard has been achieved for detectionsystems using chiptechnology and trackingsystems.
Current state of affairs: various plans are being materialized by the public and private partners.
All partners within AVc are working strongly together and procedures, laws and regulations are tuned.
Current state of affairs:
- various plans are being materialised by the public and private partners.
- Co-operation between AVc, LIV, VAR, SCM, the police, customs, RDW, the demolition branch, the ministries as mentioned and many other authorities and associations.
The permanent accumulation of information and numeric data in order to protect the progress and impact of the activities, and to inform the parties involved thereof.
Actively informing the parties concerned as well as the general public, about all parts of the program, its progress, results and impact.
The Centre for bicycle theft is also a part of AVc.