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Over the last ten years, motor vehicle crime has been considered by Europol to be a significant criminal market affecting the European Union and its Member States. Organised property crime, and in particular motor vehicle theft, has been confirmed as an EU crime priority in the current 2nd EU Policy Cycle.
By investigating motor vehicle theft in EU Member States, the V-BAR project seeks to support informed prevention policies informed by evidence-based research as well as enhance cooperation between law enforcement agencies and public and private partners. Based on a multi-agency approach, V-BAR will provide strategic analysis of the logistical processes of motor vehicle theft in the EU.
The main result of the project will be:
— Six national barrier models on organised vehicle crime
— One handbook on a European barrier model on organised vehicle crime
V-BAR will develop six country case studies of organised motor vehicle crime in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, and Bulgaria. For this purpose, the analysis of recent criminal case files will be conducted and will be combined with interviews with relevant stakeholders: law enforcement authorities, car manufacturers, car insurance companies, as well as retailers active in e-commerce. The country reports will be used to create a picture of the national markets of motor vehicle crime and to identify the cross-border elements that are relevant for the development of a European barrier model. A logistical design will be used based on the experiences of the previous research conducted by the Centre for Crime Prevention and Safety.
In addition, two international workshops with private and public stakeholders will be organised to communicate and disseminate the project results to the experts as well as to analyse EU barrier model steps for their implementation.