Broken car window (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Túrelio) - Credit: Broken car window (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Túrelio)
Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 12:30
Police team up with tracking companies to find stolen cars
From this autumn the police will work with private tracking companies when searching for stolen cars. This will be a trial run in Oost-Nederland at first. If it proves successful, the approach will be implemented in the rest of the country, NOS reports. This new approach is a joint effort by the police, insurers and the Foundation for Tackling Vehicle Crime in an effort to increase the number of stolen cars that are recovered. In 1995 the police recovered 70 percent of stolen cars. Currently only 40 percent of stolen cars are recovered. If a stolen vehicle is detected by a camera on the road, a notification will be sent to the police. The police will check on the database whether the information is correct and respond if they are able. If they do not have the time or capacity to go after the vehicle themselves, a private tracking company is called in. The private tracking company will follow and monitor the stolen car. They are not allowed to intervene, only keep track of the car until the police are able to respond.