JLR invests ~£1 million to support UK police in tackling vehicle thefts

JLR is investing more than £1 million in support of proactive policing to tackle the organized crime groups targeting vehicles in the UK. The investment will support several police forces with additional, dedicated resources to respond to vehicle thefts in hotspots across the country, as well as a new national policing unit to gather intelligence. This will inform increased activity at the ports exploited by criminal gangs to export vehicles, including stolen Range Rover models.

Specialist officers will now also have more capacity to investigate these crimes. According to the press release, pilot operations with two police forces have resulted in stolen vehicle recoveries and arrests.

“We are constantly developing our systems and security features and through our close collaboration with police, we stay ahead of any emerging methods and quickly deploy anti-theft measures. This additional investment, coupled with our other ongoing and proactive action, shows our commitment to supporting the authorities in having a tangible impact on combating this issue in the UK.” – Patrick McGillycuddy, Managing Director, JLR UK.

In addition to its direct support for operations against vehicle thieves, JLR is supporting UK authorities by sharing vehicle location and telematics data, that aids prosecution and vehicle recovery efforts. As part of this, JLR has trained more than 650 officers to assist the search of recovered stolen vehicles and seizure of the tools used.

The announcement reflects JLR’s multifaceted strategy to tackle vehicle thefts and the impact on insurance premiums for its clients.