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Code SV3002
Credits 2
Level Award
Duration 2 days
Type Classroom

Practical assessment, workbook and final exam

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Unit A5, Lakeside Business Park
South Cerney
Gloucestershire GL7 5XL
Tel:  +44 (0)1285 864650
Fax:  +44 (0)1285 864659
  This is an IMI Award  

Stolen Vehicle Identification


In recent years the number of vehicles stolen has been falling in line with developments in enhanced vehicle security.

No longer are cars being taken as a means of getting home after a night out but stolen to order by OCG’s and then exported to feed a growing foreign market.  2013 crime figure show that theft of cars is now running at 100,000 while the recovery rate is 32%. Too often a vehicle is examined in relation to a crime or collision without the authenticity being established This course, accredited by IMI (Institute of Motor Industries) is aimed at Roads Policing Units, Vehicle Examiners, Stolen Vehicle Units, ANPR Officers and Ports Police. It is designed to give the students the knowledge to identify theft indicators, likely trafficking routes and the expertise to identify a stolen vehicle

What you will study

  1. Have a full understanding of the nature and extent of vehicle theft.
  2. Possess a working knowledge of DVLA registration system.
  3. To understand / interpret a vehicle chassis number.
  4. To be able to use PNC-VODS as an investigative tool.
  5. Understand ‘PNC Corruption’.
  6. Use/ understand open source databases relating to vehicles.
  7. Understand common ‘ringing’ methods.(Physical and paper).
  8. To recognise fake or altered chassis numbers and plates
  9. To be able to use a basic vehicle examiners tool kit.
  10. Possess a greater health and safety awareness re vehicle examinations
  11. To conduct a preliminary vehicle examination.
  12. Produce a written inspection report and evidential statement.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements however a basic knowledge of vehicle construction will be advantageous. 

Pre-course study

There is no pre-course study.

Study method

Classroom based with practical work during the course.  There is a final written examination.

What you will need

Your joining instructions list any specific requirements.  A warm outdoor jacket is recommended.

Teaching and assessment

Your course tutors will help you with your studies during the course.  They will mark and comment on your coursework and final exam.

Professional recognition

On successful conclusion of the course you will be eligible to join to apply for membership of the Institute of the Motor Industry

The Trainer

The course tutor will be Vince Wise from Datatag. Vince worked as a DC with Hampshire and from 2009 - 12 was seconded to AVCIS the ACPO Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service based in the port of Southampton. He was responsible for setting up an intelligence screening process for the export of shipping containers from the United Kingdom, resulting in the recovery of millions of pounds worth of cars in the UK and abroad.

What's the qualification

Level 3 Award in Stolen Vehicle Identification from IMI Awards

When does it run

3 times a year at our South Cerney training facility and on demand at your workplace.

How to register

Contact Student Registrations on +44 (0)1285 864650 to register.