Organised property crime (OPC) is a significant criminal market affecting virtually all Members States of the European Union. OPC is reportedly being committed by highly mobile organised crime groups, that have been increasingly engaging in forms property crime such as motor vehicle theft (MVT) throughout Europe. At European level, ongoing initiatives are supporting Member States in the fight against OPC. Nonetheless, to date still little is known on the logistical processes of MVT across EU Member States and in Europe as a whole.
Police in the EU recorded on average 697 000 car thefts yearly over the period 2015 to 2017.
Most vehicles are stolen using electronic devices to exploit new technologies, such as keyless entry for relay attacks, to reprogramme the vehicle and disable immobilisers, car alarms and tracking systems.
Within this context, the V-BAR Project aims at enhancing the knowledge of OPC in the form of motor vehicle crime, including motor vehicle theft and online distribution of stolen vehicle parts. V-BAR will analyse the logistical process of MVT in 6 EU Member States: Belgium, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, France, Germany and Italy. Building upon the country case studies, V-BAR will develop and EU barrier model on MVT and online distribution of stolen vehicle and parts. As a result, V-BAR will boost operational cooperation between EU law enforcement authorities and public and private stakeholders to disrupt and prevent OPC in the form of MVT.
V-BAR is implemented by three partners: Ghent University (coordinator), Center for the Study of Democracy, and Centre for Crime Prevention and Safety. The project is funded by the European Union’s Internal Security Fund – Police and will be implemented over the period until the end of 2023.
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V-BAR seeks to analyse the dynamics of the criminal markets of motor vehicle theft and stolen vehicle parts in the EU. Based on logistical analyses of these markets in 6 EU Member States, V-BAR will develop a European barrier model of organised vehicle theft and stolen vehicle parts.
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