Cross border vehicle crime is a serious problem affecting both the public and privatised sectors. As one of our key focus areas for 2015, the SAICB has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Lesotho Mounted Police Services (LMPS) in an effort to reduce cross border vehicle crime, fraud and corruption between South Africa and Lesotho.
The agreement is set to help us leverage existing shared data to detect patterns related to borderline crossings, identify and communicate the modus operandi of syndicates and assist with the successful location of stolen vehicles in possession of the LMPS.
Objectives of the MoU:
• To enhance the sharing of information between the SAICB and other fraud and crime prevention bodies
• To identify and effectively implement joint preventative and combating approaches aimed at reducing opportunities for vehicle related fraud, crime and corruption
• To establish and implement appropriate governance structures and mechanisms
• To improve communications with respect to crime information to all stakeholders
While we cannot divulge some of the particulars outlined in the MoU at this time, we are in the process of identifying key operations that will form part of this initiative.