V-BAR had the privilege to take part in the 23rd Annual Conference of the European Society of criminology taking place between 6 and 9 September 2023 in Florence, Italy. Catherine Monbailliu, Sonja John, Atanas Rusev, Klaus von Lampe presented the problem of vehicle crime in the EU and the barrier model approach, the profile of vehicle crime perpetrators, focusing on MOCG and possible barriers to preventing entry and use of infrastructure in EU member states. They highlighted the preparation and commission of vehicle crimes, whether technological or situational prevention barriers should be prioritised, as well as possible barriers to preventing and disrupting transportation and trade of stolen vehicle parts.

Transnational Workshop on Motor Vehicle Theft: Case Studies and EU Barrier Model Development


Over the past two days, V-Bar held a workshop, hosted by Centrum voor Criminaliteitspreventie en Veiligheid, and in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Democracy, Gent University and the Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy, European Network on Administrative Approach, as well as the Dutch and French police. The primary aim of this workshop was to present case studies on motor vehicle theft from six EU countries, namely Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.



During the workshop, experts discussed the development and implementation of an EU barrier model to counteract motor vehicle theft and online distribution of stolen parts and vehicles by mobile organized crime groups. Following a thorough evaluation of these barrier modes, V-BAR will present them in a compiled handbook.



Below you can find the presentations from the event

Belgian Barrier Model – Catherine Monbailliu & Jelle Janssens 

Bulgarian Barrier Model – Dr Atanas Rusev

French Barrier Model – Nacer Lalam

German Barrier Model – Klaus von Lampe & Sonja John 

Italian barrier model – Dr Veronica Marchio

Dutch Barrier Model – Dominique Rademaker

V-BAR Project Launch

Ghent University, the Center for the Study of Democracy, and the Centre for Crime Prevention and Safety launched the EU-funded project “Combating organised vehicle crime by developing barriers to prevent the facilitation of online distribution of stolen vehicles and vehicle parts” (V-BAR). 

V-BAR will investigate organised property crime in the form of motor vehicle crime, including motor vehicle theft and online distribution of stolen vehicle parts. The objective of the project is to map the criminal markets concerning motor vehicle theft in the EU. Based on the logistical process of motor vehicle theft in six selected EU Member States, a European barrier model of organised vehicle theft and stolen vehicle parts will be developed. 

The V-BAR project’s results will aim to support and enhance operational cooperation between EU law enforcement authorities and other public and private stakeholders in the field of motor vehicle crime. 

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