Cars Cops & Criminals

CRIME & INVESTIGATION – Tuesdays from 16 March, 9.30pm

The second series of this high rating show which looks at vehicle crime in Britain today and how the criminals are making easy money. This series will also look at how stolen British cars are being illegally exported all round the world and the cameras have been allowed to follow London’s Metropolitan Police as they team up with Interpol to show the East Africans how to stop stolen cars from the UK flooding into their ports. And it’s not just cars that the criminals are after: they are finding bigger rewards in the credit crunch by targeting commercial plant used for road works and construction. One gang even stole a forty foot long “bandit beastie” timber shedder worth two hundred and forty thousand pounds.

CRIME & INVESTIGATION – Tuesdays from 8 September, 9.30pm

Brand new series. In the last ten years car crime has moved on and the story is no longer yobs stealing cars for kicks, its criminals stealing cars to order. Now they break into your house to steal the keys! The car cops are co-ordinating their efforts nationwide and have allowed us unique behind the scenes access to the newly formed Vehicle Crime Intelligence Squad (AVCIS). We reveal how the AVCIS is cracking down on car crime with the cross border Operation Utah and seizing the cars from the crooks. In London we follow the criminals who are trading on the rise in scrap metal prices and lifting cars from the streets.

CRIME & INVESTIGATION – Tuesdays from 2 June, 9.30pm

In the last ten years car crime has moved on and the story is no longer hooligans stealing cars for kicks, it is criminals stealing cars to order and even breaking into your house to steal the keys. Those involved are making big money and most of the cars disappear never to be seen again. With Kent Police we look at the trade in parts and salvage and at the unregistered back street traders who buy and sell cars for a living, flouting the laws and putting the public in danger. We follow the criminals who are trading on the rise in scrap metal prices, lifting cars from the streets, and having them crushed. We also target the unscrupulous punters who scrap their cars and then claim on the insurance. For the first time, the car cops are co-ordinating their efforts nationwide and have allowed us unique behind the scenes access to the newly formed Vehicle Crime Intelligence Squad (AVCIS). We reveal how they are cracking down on car crime with the cross border Operation Utah and seizing the cars back from the crooks. With exclusive access to specialist police squads around the country, Cars, Cops and Criminals shows how officers are using increasingly sophisticated methods to catch the criminals, talks to people who’ve suffered vehicle theft and number plate cloning and reveals the best ways to prevent you from becoming a victim.