TASSA was formed to maintain standards, give industry a voice and maintain Best Practice.

Main features

Stolen Vehicle Check

Insurance Counter Fraud

Overview of Installers

Triage of Theft Claims

Order Fingerprint

Product suppliers & services

Cooperation with police

Our Team

Mike Briggs

Mike has worked in the automotive industry for over 39 years, 22 of those being at the insurer’s research centre, Thatcham. Mike joined as a Vehicle Security Engineer in 1995 and then progressed through the ranks to becoming one of the most well-known and respected names in the industry. Mike led the team for many years, opening new paths, developing new ideas and solutions. As well as working alongside numerous Vehicle Manufacturers of all vehicle and equipment types, Law Enforcement, Governments and other vehicle security organisations on a global scale. With the overall goal to find solutions and to reduce vehicle crime.

Simon Ashton

Having worked within the Organised Vehicle Crime Unit (New Scotland Yard). Simon had a direct and unique responsibility to work with vehicle manufacturers and insurers to recognise the risk posed to the motor industry from vehicle theft and fraud. Also Simon taught on the auto crime course, giving the on vehicle assessment section. This enabled officers to face real life scenarios with a real life outcome.

Martyn Randle

Martyn Randle was the Senior Engineer in the Vehicle Security Department of Thatcham (the insurance research centre). He was responsible many criterion. With passenger car security including electro-mechanical and electronic (alarms and immobilisers) being first. As the lead engineer he set standards for construction plant and agricultural equipment as well as working with policing and government in setting tracking standards. He joined Mike Simon and Howard at VSST Ltd in 2019 to continue the struggle against vehicle crime and vehicle enabled crime.

Howard Barron

Howard has worked in the motor insurance industry for over 30 years, predominately within industry trade bodies representing the interests of insurers from a vehicle risk perspective. Whether from repair, safety or security. He started his insurance career at the Association of British Insurers, where he worked representing the insurance industry for 18 years. During this time, he evolved the UK Insurance Group Rating system and helped to set standards for vehicle security. This theme carried on when Howard left the ABI to run the Vehicle Security Installation Board, responsible for upholding standards for the installation of aftermarket security systems. After 3 years running the VSIB he left to work at Thatcham, where he spent 12 years managing the Group Rating system and upholding the standards for vehicle security and safety. With a wealth of experience Howard's involvement in VSST and TASSA brings another string to the bow of the Association.

Installation companies
Product suppliers
years of security Experience

International Association of Auto Theft Investigators

TASSA is a proud member of IAATI, membership number: IN-00841-UK

Insurer Services

Counter fraud services
Vehicle theft advice and best practice
Aftermarket systems and installation database services


Our counter-theft colleagues comment about working with us

"I have had the pleasure of working closely with Mike for many years and am always inspired by his exceptional knowledge of and dedication to the cause of fighting vehicle crime at every level. From engagement with Government departments to advising the everyday vehicle user, Mike's professionalism is always to the fore and his advice is based on his exceptional experience gained from his many years serving the motor insurance industry and its relationship with the motor manufacturers."
David Northey
Director at International Association of Autotheft Investigators
"Mike is an incredibly professional and motivated person whose enthusiasm and drive is a breath of fresh air!. Faced with scenarios that would daunt most, Mike uses his affable manner to get the best out of people in a challenging and changing environment. Without Mike's dedication UK car crime would be in a far worse place."
Ian Elliott
UK Group Head of Security - Clancy Docwra

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TASSA Registered Installers

Below are some of the registered companies which are using best practices for vehicle systems installations

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