The Crime Prevention Website




Knowledge sharing and networking for professionals and academics in urban development  

LINK: Communities and Local Government

A UK Government department 


PAS 68:2010 Impact test specifications for vehicle security barriers  

PAS 69:2006 Guidelines for the specification and installation of vehicle security barriers  

Sold Secure

Sold Secure is a test house operated by the Master Locksmiths Association. Products are awarded Bronze (lowest), Silver and Gold (highest) security standards  


LINK: British Parking Association

LINK: Park Mark Safer Parking

The Impact of the Design and Layout of Car Parking on Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour

Published 2012 Dr. Rachel Armitage University of Huddersfield


Stolen Vehicle Tracking Version 1.4  ACPO and Home Office Guidance to Companies on Police Policy

Michelle Gardner Richard Hartley

Published by the Home Office Scientific Development Branch 2007  

Thatcham TQA  

Thatcham Quality Accreditations in the following categories: Automotive innovations, opportunist theft deterrent, telemetry systems* and vehicle marking.

*Please note that TQAs for telemetry systems have not been assessed to police guidelines.  Instead you should choose a product that is Thatcham ‘category 5’.  

Thatcham ‘category 5’  For stolen vehicle tracking and recovery systems offering a level one police response  

Vehicle crime reduction: Turning the corner

Police research series paper 119

Joanna Sallybanks and Rick Brown

Published by Home Office 1999  

Tackling Car Crime: The nature and extent of the problem

Crime Prevention Unit paper 32

Barry Webb and Gloria Laycock

Published by Home Office 1992

Includes some interesting historical information about car crime  

Car Theft in England and Wales: The Home Office Car Theft Index

Crime Prevention Unit paper 33

George Houghton

Published by Home office 1992  

Criteria for theft resistant number plates

Published by Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency 2006  

BS AU 145d: 1998  Specification for retroreflecting number plates  


Further vehicle security advice  

LINK: Thatcham 

Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre  

LINK: Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)  

Reducing criminal opportunity: vehicle security and vehicle crime

Published by the Home Office January 2016

LINK: International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (UK Branch) 

Membership of IAATI consists of police officers, vehicle manufacturers, insurers, government employees and private investigators, all of whom are involved with and interested in reducing vehicle crime, and detecting car thieves.


LINK: Victim Support    

A independent charity for victims and witnesses of crime in England and Wales

LINK: Help for Victims 

Provides information about how victims and witnesses should be treated within the Criminal Justice System (England and Wales) 


A History of Violence A video lecture by Professor Steven Pinker

Edge Master Class 2011

How Lead Exposure Relates to Temporal Changes in IQ, Violent Crime, and Unwed Pregnancy

Rick Nevin's original research paper 1999

LINK: Witness Confident

An independent charity that is taking a stand against the walk-on-by culture that fuels street violence, feeds fear and fractures communities

LINK: Violence against women: an EU-wide survey. Main results report

Published by European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights March 2014


Loss Prevention Standard LPS 1175 Issue 7  Requirements and testing procedures for the LPCB approval and listing of intruder resistant building components, strongpoints, security enclosures and free-standing barriers

Published 2010 by BRE Global Ltd