Pressure on gardai to pass on car theft data
GARDAI are coming under pressure to pass on details of stolen cars to key agencies to protect innocent buyers.
A former head of the Garda stolen vehicle unit, Finbarr Garland said the nightmare has to end for hundreds of unsuspecting people who lose an average of €10,000 to €20,000 when cars they bought are discovered to have been stolen.
And the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI) says it considers the lack of Garda information "a major issue in the fight against organised vehicle crime" and that the Garda policy "should be changed without delay."
Around 10,000 vehicles are stolen here every year but more than 2,000 are never recovered.
Many are sold by criminals to unsuspecting buyers, who risk losing their money if the cars are found to have been stolen.
Gardai say there are data protection issues about releasing such information.
The developments follow the Irish Independent's disclosure on Wednesday that gardai don't share such data with Interpol or vehicle-check agencies such as Cartell.ie, HPI or Motorcheck.ie.