Our Story

Having spent a collective of some 60 years working within Thatcham Research – Vehicle security department and the Metropolitan Police in the stolen vehicle squad, setting vehicle Insurance ratings and security standards for both the Aftermarket and vehicle OEM’s and pushing best practice for all vehicle types from information gained on the street through law enforcement across the globe.

Promoting and providing research for corrective actions for both the Aftermarket and OEM’s which drove passenger car theft down from 625,000  to 75,000. As well as tackling crime involving motorcycle, light van and commercial vehicles including HGV, construction plant and agricultural equipment.

Research setting best practice for aftermarket and OEM security systems of all vehicle and equipment types countering theft and fraud. Assisting OEMs brands with brand protection and insurers from possible fraud as well as supporting police with expert witness statements and vehicle identification. Respected within the industry for providing trustworthy advice in a highly confidential field with many different stakeholders. With the threatened loss of certification, recognition and standards for the Aftermarket and System Installers, VSST Ltd was approached to establish a programme that would give reassurance and credibility to customers and key industry stakeholders having systems fitted. 

Our Mission

Finding the Right Solution for the Right Problem

Our Goals

In response to the news of the creation of TASSA, industry feedback has been positive:

Although Thatcham Research is not affiliated or connected with any such organisations, it is supportive of the aftermarket security industry and any trade associations that represent their interests.”   – (Thatcham)

Our Team

Mike Briggs

Working in the automotive industry for past 35 years, 22 of those at the insurer’s research centre – Thatcham. Joining as a Vehicle Security Engineer in 1995 and then becoming the manager, Mike lead the team opening new paths to predominantly work with Vehicle Manufacturers, police forces, Governments and other vehicle security organisations on a global basis, with the overall remit of finding solutions to reduce vehicle crime.

Simon Ashton

Having worked with the Organised Vehicle Crime Unit, part of New Scotland Yard, Simon had a direct and unique responsibility to work with vehicle manufacturers and insurers to recognise the risk, harm, and threat, from vehicle theft and fraud.

Martyn Randle

Martyn Randle was the Senior Engineer in the Vehicle Security Department of Thatcham The Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre. He was the longest serving member of the Department having joined the department at its formation in 1993 until his retirement in 2012.

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