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Who are Thatcham Research?

Thatcham Research has been at the forefront of vehicle security since the 1990s when it introduced a security assessment (NVSA) for new vehicles that is applied to the group rating for insurance companies.

Since then, they have been working with law enforcement agencies, the automotive industry and insurers to assess potential physical and electronic vulnerabilities, and identifying the technology and ways to mitigate theft.

This initiative was due to a huge rise in car crime in the early 90’s which was plaguing the UK. However, since the introduction of the New Vehicle Security Assessment (NVSA) in 1992 the car crime epidemic of that era was reduced significantly.

This was largely achieved by introducing alarms and double-locking door functions, among other measures. In 1992, there were 620,000 car thefts, and the NVSA was instrumental in driving theft levels down by 80% up to 2016.

Today, they continue to work closely with the automotive industry, law enforcement agencies and insurers continue, and they are involved across several areas including:-

• assessing the security of new vehicles through the NVSA programme;
• product security certification for alarms, immobilisers and tracking systems that verifies the functionality, design and performance of the product;
• research and assessment into current and future vehicle cybersecurity threats.