ANPR Patrols - Automatic Number Plate Recognition
ANPR Patrols, Digitpol operates a European ANPR platform that consists of thousands of cameras which are used to detect stolen vehicles, embezzled vehicles and insurance fraud. The system operates across Europe. Digitpol's custom built ANPR patrol vehicles are connected to stolen vehicle databases, the scanned plates are checked against different databases and the answer is given in 400 milliseconds. The ANPR patrolling is carried out without any public confrontation as our vehicles are equipped with covert cameras. Checks are carried out while driving through cities, at a road side or at patrol parking areas.
When a stolen vehicle is detected, we first confirm it is stolen by an internal check with our back office and at the Police, when the plate is “Live” as wanted then action is taken to seize the vehicle. If a license plate is checked by our system and there is no HIT, then the entry is deleted.
ANPR Command Centre
Digitpol's ANPR Command Centre is located in The Netherlands and is a centralised ANPR Platform with API connections to the Police and Insurance agencies, the sole focus is to combat the problem of Stolen Motor Vehicles and Plant Machinery which remains across Europe. In 2018 Digitpol took the initiative to develop a modern and unique prevention tool, the ANPR project. The check on licence plates or signage takes approximately 200ms and Digitpol is alerted instantly.
This is the 1st Pan European-Wide ANPR for Law Enforcement, Insurance, Rental and Leasing firms. Digitpol has deployed ANPR cars to the Balkans and static cameras across East Europe. The project has agreements with European Police agencies. In 2020 we have signed agreements with Ports Authorities, Cargo handlers, Customs, Police and Police Forces.
MOBILE LPR APP
In some situations a full ANPR deployment is not possible, Digitpol developed a Mobile APP for its external partners to enable the rapid check of Dutch registered vehicles on the spot. The app works with the support of a back office, when a license plate is checked by our partners the backoffice is immediately looking into the file, this can in some cases involve a check at the leasing or financial institutes to check if the vehicle can exit Europe or has any fraud indicators.
At present, in 2021 the APP is in use on a number of schengen borders and in the key exit points of EU Ports. A rollout plan of upgrades is planned for 2022.
Stolen Vehicle Investigation Stats & Charts
Interpol states - The term ‘vehicle crime’ refers to the theft and trafficking of vehicles and the illicit trade in spare parts. These activities affect personal property, businesses, the economy and public safety in all regions of the world. The organized theft of motor vehicles, while of immediate concern to the individual owner, also has a financial implication for insurance companies, is damaging to the reputation of car manufacturers and – in most cases – is linked to other organized crime operations.
For organized criminal groups, the acquisition, shipment and trade of stolen vehicles is a low-risk way to make profits. Stolen vehicles are frequently trafficked in order to finance and carry out other criminal activities, ranging from drug trafficking, arms dealing, people smuggling and international terrorism. Additionally, the illicit market in spare parts is a lucrative source of income for criminal organizations and offers them many practical uses. Not only does this phenomenon have a financial impact on the industry, but it also puts drivers in danger as illicit spare parts are likely to fall below recognized safety standards.
In recent years, the use of the Internet has contributed to a dramatic increase in the resale of illicit vehicle components, making this an issue of major concern for law enforcement, car manufacturers, regulatory bodies and public health organizations across the world.
The German Bundeskriminalamt uses the 2011 figures provided by the German association of insurance companies for the total economic damage on stolen motor vehicles: almost 260 million Euros. This amount represents only stolen vehicles (and not, for example, vehicles which are lost through fraud). The total economic damage is an increase of almost 1% compared to 2010 and a 19% increase compared to the average total amount of the previous 5 years. Moreover, the average individual claim was higher. This could be caused by an increased market value of the average car stolen or an indication of a trend in which motor vehicles with a higher value are targeted. @BKA
Vehicle crime is a highly organized criminal activity affecting all regions of the whole world and with clear links to organized crime and terrorism. Vehicles are not only stolen for their entire functionality, vehicles are also trafficked to finance other crimes. They can also be used as bomb carriers or in the perpetration of other crimes. At the end of December 2015 7.4 million records of reported stolen motor vehicles were registered globally.