Stolen vehicle unit on the case of theft

Detective chief inspector Charlie McMurdie highlighted the work of the Metropolitan Police Stolen Ve...

Detective chief inspector Charlie McMurdie highlighted the work of the Metropolitan Police Stolen Vehicle Unit and warned of the threat of organised gangs.

She noted that between 1 January 2005 and 31 August 2005, the PSVU recovered 16 908 of the 35 385 vehicles stolen in its jurisdiction, which she described as "abysmal" despite it being in the region of 50%. However, DCI McMurdie added that it recovered five pounds for every one pound invested in the PSVU, which marks a good return on investment.

Breaking the figures down, DCI McMurdie commented that 2% of these vehicles were taken by car jackers and 8% featured burglary, underlining that organised crime was responsible for the largest proportion of overall thefts (2.1% of those reported stolen were in fact legally removed by council contractors).

Speaking about other frauds, she indicated that staged accidents had increased 43% in 2005. She also said there was an increasing issue with plant theft in the build up to the London Olympics in 2012.

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