HC Deb 17 March 1988 vol 129 c655W
27. Mr. Greg Knight

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for seeking to reduce car crime.

Mr. John Patten

Last November, the Home Office standing conference on crime prevention set up a working group to consider the prevention of car crime. Austin-Rover, who are represented on the working group, have offered to produce a thief-proof concept car, incorporating a range of the latest technology in car security, for display at this year's standing conference in December.

Three parts of a British Standard on vehicle security (mechanical locking systems, security of in-car entertainment equipment, and window etching) have been published and further parts are due to be published shortly. We are seeking to have the British Standard adopted as a European Community directive.

Our new crime prevention publicity campaign launched earlier this month includes information on car crime and the scope for preventing it.

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