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  • 2010-02-10T05:00:00Z on BBC
  • 60 mins
  • 5 hours, 0 mins
  • Documentary, Reality, Special Interest

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! 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 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.

5 episodes

2x01 Soft Targets

  • Season Premiere

    2010-02-10T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

Dedicated police squads go after violent criminals who are targeting vulnerable lorry drivers and their valuable loads, while investigators identify stolen caravans which have been sold to unsuspecting people who love life on the open road. PC Angus Nairn, a former truck driver goes after truckers who falsify their spies-in-the-cab and shopkeepers in London face attack from two-wheeled terrors with powerful motorbikes and sledgehammers. One gang is caught on CCTV as they smash their way into a Knightsbridge jeweller and steal more than a million pounds in 39 seconds.

2x02 Against the Odds

  • 2010-02-15T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

Cops from different police forces come together in Warwickshire on the M6 for a massive crackdown on motorists who break the law by driving without licences and insurance. Using a sophisticated Automatic Number Plate Recognition system connected to a special police computer, they find stolen cars which have had their identities changed, illegal immigrants and chemicals for making large quantities of drugs. They also come across a Chinese man who hasn't had a British driving licence for over a year and a motorist who gets stopped every time he gets into his car because someone used his numberplates for an armed robbery.

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