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2018 Annual Training Seminar

The Australasian Branch is proud to announce that its 2018 Annual Training Seminar will be held in Brisbane on 19-21 March, 2018 at the Pullman Brisbane King George Square.

The three day event will cover a broad range of issues around relating to vehicle crimes, however we will have a particular focus on Heavy Vehicles, Plant  and Equipment.   To compliment this theme we have secured four highly regarded international keynote speakers.  (see below)

Day three of the 2018  seminar will be a field trip where our international keynote speakers together with a few of our other speakers will expand their classroom presentation and demonstrate on actual vehicles.

March is always a busy month, so I encourage you to commence seeking travel approval now and booking your flights and accommodation asap.  Seminar registrations will official open in a few weeks.

If you have any questions or need further information about the 2018 seminar please contact me via email:   or mobile: 0418 841 899

Registrations will open in a few weeks along with details of the speakers and special delegate accomodation rates. 


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2018 Seminar -  International Keynote Speakers

James (JD) Hough  - Arizona Law Enforcement Liaison, LoJack Corporation (USA) and International President of IAATI 

A 34 year veteran of Arizona Department of Public Safety Sergeant JD Hough has joined the LoJack's  Law Enforcement Liaison team in 2014.  As such JD is  responsible for professional training, providing equipment to additional police vehicles, and serving as an advisor to law enforcement agencies throughout Arizona that use the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System to combat auto theft.  

JD began his law enforcement career as a highway patrol officer in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1980. In 2002, he was assigned to the Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force as squad supervisor. He served in this capacity for the following decade, overseeing a wide variety of investigations including multi-agency and multi-state criminal cases. In 2012, he joined the Arizona Auto Theft Authority staff as a lieutenant, furthering his vehicle theft experience and activities state-wide. Additionally, Hough has been an active member of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI) and the Arizona Auto Theft Investigators Association (AATIA). He has held several leadership positions in both organizations including President of AATIA and the Western Regional Chapter of IAATI and in August 2017 was appointed as International President of IAATI.

Mike Briggs - Managing Director, VSST Ltd  (UK)

Mike has worked in the automotive industry for past 35 years, 21 of those at the UK insurer’s research centre – Thatcham.  Joining as a Vehicle Security Engineer in 1995 and then becoming the Vehicle Crime Research Manager, Mike was responsible for a team of 8 Vehicle Security Engineers that carried out New Vehicle Security Assessments (NVSA’s) on hundreds of vehicles (cars, motorcycles, vans, trucks and plant), with the results made available to the public via as well as going forward as information to the insurer’s group rating panel. He also lead the team opening new paths to  predominantly work with Vehicle Manufacturers, police forces, Governments and other vehicle security organisations on a global basis, with the overall remit of finding solution to reduce vehicle crime.

Mike was responsible for security updates that drove down car crime in the UK  from over 600,000 cars to just over 75,000 cars stolen and the creation of criteria to combat crime against other vehicle types. More recently the theft of construction plant and agricultural vehicle has not gone untouched,  and Mike is assisting with the development of standards for these vehicles.
He  influenced many countries around the world, with one engineer permanently based in South East Asia, support for Sweden through TFF Motor Insurance in maintaining a reduced theft risk for Swedish market and worked in a range of other countries including Canada, Europe, Russia, America, Korea and Japan.

In July 2016 Mike has took on the new challenge and started his own company VSST Ltd to maintain standards and find solutions against theft threats with key stakeholders such as police, Government, the Aftermarket tracking and security systems suppliers forming the Tracking and Aftermarket Security System Association (TASSA), insurers, vehicle manufacturers, and others in the continuing battle against crime across the globe.

Mike is also working with the UK government to develop standards to  prevent vehicles being used a weapons by terrorists.

In June 2017 Mike was elected UK Branch President of IAATI.

Nick Mayell - Police Liaison and Training Officer, Datatag Ltd. (UK)

Nick is a well-known name in equipment security and police circles. He left school at the age of 16 and secured a position as an apprentice heavy vehicle mechanic with a local plant and truck company. He later went on to manage a hire company which is when he became brutally aware of the financial repercussions of heavy equipment theft. As more and more of his equipment became subjected to theft, he took it upon himself to trace and recover his own machines. Such was his success, insurance and finance companies continued to use his investigative skills to help locate their own assets. 

In 1994 Nick was employed by a specialist heavy equipment investigation company in the UK and worked on many high profile cases, including one case which led to the recovery of 86 stolen machines. In 2011 he left to set up Plant Theft Consultancy. Nick’s services are currently secured by the UK’s leading asset marking and registration company, Datatag ID Ltd, who are the administrators the CESAR scheme. In his role with Datatag Nick works directly with the police, crime prevention organisations and the insurance and asset finance industries to raise the level of awareness and increase the level of detection of vehicle enabled crime. Nick present special training courses to disseminate proven vehicle identification techniques for traffic police, as well as  advanced courses for specialist vehicle examiners and training to insurance underwriters and claims officers, asset finance underwriters and fraud investigators.

Nick is a qualified trainer who regularly runs courses through the UK and Europe including for Interpol’s Formatrain project and  IAATI. His heavy equipment course is internationally recognised and accredited at level 3. He also runs a level 3 accredited courses in forensic vehicle VIN recovery, using both chemical and thermal techniques. 

LaRonda Mathews - Brand Protection Specialist, Caterpillar, Inc. (USA) 
To be confirmed


All the latest details will be posted on the Upcoming Seminar page as they become available.


2018 Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities exist for the Australasian Branch's 25th Annual Training Seminar to be held in Brisbane,19 - 21 March 2018.

Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your commitment to our profession and be a part of our exciting 3 day Annual Training Seminar.

For more information please download and read our 2018 Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities brochure which contains a selection of sponsorship packages that will suit a wide range of budgets and organisational needs 

If you wish to discuss any sponsorship or advertising opportunities please contact either:

Mark Pollard, Vice President / Chair Seminar Committee  - or phone 0418 841 899


2016/17 Theft Statistics

The NMVTRC's latest statistics from the CARS database been released and reveal a 4% increase in motor vehicle thefts during the 12 months ending 30 June 2017.


  • Australia recorded a total of 56,184 thefts during the 2016/17 financial year, which represents a 4% increase over the 2015/16 total of 53,882 thefts.
  • Over the last five years, Australia’s total vehicle thefts have increased 1% from the 2012/13 total of 55,550.
  • During 2016/17 there was an average of 154 motor vehicle thefts per day in Australia. This is up from a total of 152 per day in 2012/13.
  • With a recovery rate of 72% the 2016/17 total comprises 40,221short term thefts and 15,963 profit motivated thefts.
  • Australia’s yearly theft rate equates to 2.91 thefts per 1,000 registered vehicles or 2.30 per 1,000 population.
  • There has been a slight decline in the median age of stolen vehicles in Australia. In 2012/13 the median age of all stolen vehicles was 12 years. In 2016/17 the median age had decreased to 11 years.
  • A total of 8,056 motorcycles were stolen in 2016/17. This is a 3% decrease over the 2015/16 total of 8,306 thefts, and is 7% lower than the 2012/13 total.
  • Motorcycles recorded the lowest recovery rate with only 44% of thefts in 2016/17 recovered compared to 78% of passenger and light commercial vehicles and 51% of other vehicles.
  • There was a slight increase in thefts of vehicles aged 10-14 years from 19% in 2012/13 to 22% in 2016/17 and a reduction in theft of vehicles aged 20 - 24 years (12% in 2012/13, 8% in 2016/17).
  • Overall the most popular passenger and light commercial theft targets in 2016/17 were the Holden Commodore VE MY06-13 (982 thefts), Nissan Pulsar N15 MY95-00 (942 thefts), Toyota Hilux MY05-11 (669 thefts), Ford Falcon BA MY02-05 (601 thefts) and the Holden Commodore VT MY97-00 (599 thefts).
  • There has been a gradual increase in recent years in the proportion of motor vehicle thefts taken from residential locations (e.g. dwellings and residential shed/garages). In 2016/17 for example, 57% of all thefts occurred at a residential location compared to 55% in 2012/13


To access the full report visit:

2017 International Seminar

The 65th International Seminar was held in Cape Town, South Africa, 27 August - 1st September, 2017.  Visit to fownload photos and powerpoint presentations from the seminar.

You need to log into your account and then go to the Resources page and click Training Resources

2017 Conference outcomes

The following notes summarise the program content and outcomes of the Australian Vehicle Crime Conference hosted by the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council in conjunction with Victoria Police and the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators in Melbourne on 4-5 April 2017. The AVCC was proudly sponsored by RACV.

The conference brought together more than 240 representatives from policing and law enforcement, crime prevention, academia, general insurance, motor trades, local government and community sectors to review current national and local strategic and operational responses to vehicle crime.

The conference program was divided into three distinct themes of diverting young offenders, disrupting the vehicle laundering and separated parts markets and building stakeholder capacity/ promoting innovation. The full program and most speakers’ presentations can be viewed or downloaded from the Resources page of the International website   (you need to be logged in to access them.  If you have forgotten your password click teh fogotten password link after clicking the Account link)

Select presentations on the key themes and issues were complemented with expert panel sessions in which conference participants were able to pose questions to one or all of the sessional presenters.

The key presentation points are summarised below together with a brief assessment from the NMVTRC about what it sees as the implications for its forward work program or the work of others.

Post Conference Communique and Outcomes Summary:

10 Vehicle Theft Facts

The NMVTRC has released a series of infographic posters. View them at:

Motorcycle theft in VIC

This infographic, produced by the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council's CARS Service, provides a snapshot of motorcycle theft in Victoria during 2015/16


2016 Training Seminar Presentations

A number of presenters from our 2016 Annual Training Seminar have kindly made their presentations available to members.  There are a variety of files including videos, pdfs, and PowerPoint files.  

As you can appreciate many of the presentations may contain sensitive information.  As such we provide these files for use by IAATI members only and ask that you do not copy or reproduce these files in any format with the written permission of the Australasian Branch or the presenter.

To access the presentations you must be logged into the website (use the Member Login button on the top right court of the page) and go to the 'Seminars/Past Seminars/2016 Seminar' page or click this link

Speaker Ideas

Is there someone you really would like to hear from at our next training seminar or via a webinar? Or do you have an idea for a seminar training topic or activity?

If so please let us know and we can try and include them in our training program. Please email your ideas to us at

Survey of motorcyle theft victims

The NMVTRC's CARS Service has released the results of a survey of 186 victims of motorcycle theft.   The study summarised owwer's level of awareness of theft issues, their use of security practises and security behaviour changes after theft.

To read the full results visit:


To view an infographic about the findings visit: