INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF AUTO THEFT INVESTIGATORS June 19th, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF AUTO THEFT INVESTIGATORS Merseyside Police’s Vehicle Crime Group (VCG) has won the National Alan Taylor Award for their ‘use of technology to combat vehicle crime’. The team, led by Sergeant Martin Mayne received the award at the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI) annual conference, in Loughborough on 13 June 2013. The award acknowledges ‘teams who have achieved the successful recovery of a vehicle or vehicles by means of modern technology or up-to-date techniques’ and was presented by the UK and International president of IAATI – Simon Hurr and John O’Brien. The award was presented to the team for ‘Operation Denham’, a joint Operation with Kirkby CID, which identified offenders attributable for over 35 stolen vehicles, mainly from car key burglaries across the region. Sergeant Martin Mayne along with Constables Steve Davies, Gareth Evans, Graeme Watson and Geoff McKeown received the award against stiff competition from other police forces and insurance companies around the UK. Merseyside Police Sergeant Martin Mayne explained: “Vehicle crime is a very profitable business for organised criminal groups. Most of the vehicles we identified have come from burglaries across the region which must be heartbreaking for the victims. “It is important that Merseysides’ VCG is up to date with the latest information to reduce and prevent this type of criminality.” The group is also being considered for the European IAATI award and have since given a presentation on how they achieve their success in tackling vehicle crime. Related Comments comments!