Vehicle crime has fallen 80% since 1995, which makes it one of the most important factors in the long-term decline in overall crime.
The report aimed to extract a large amount of learning from this crime prevention success, to draw out policy implications aimed at ensuring both vehicle crime and total crime continue to fall. The report agrees with other evidence that electronic immobilisers played a major role: driving an estimated 25 to 50% of the drop in stolen vehicles to 2013. But it suggests that other factors were also involved.
The report concludes with a view of today’s vehicle crime landscape, finding that although crime levels remain historically low, some new threats have emerged.