Our Story

Having spent a collective of some 75 years working within Thatcham Research and the Metropolitan Police. Our team have been experienced in setting the vehicle Insurance ratings and security standards, for both the Aftermarket and vehicle OEMs for all vehicle types across the globe.

An example of this work included promoting and providing research for corrective actions for both the Aftermarket and OEM’s,  this drove passenger car theft down from 625,000 to 75,000 and also impacted theft from.

This work wasn’t limited to just passenger cars. We have been tackling crime involving motorcycle, light van and commercial vehicles (including HGV, construction plant and agricultural equipment). Today we research and set best practice for predominately the aftermarket security systems of all vehicle and equipment types countering theft and fraud. We can also assist OEMs with brand protection, help protect insurers from possible fraud and support the police with expert witness statements, vehicle identification and other areas. VSST is highly respected within the industry for providing trustworthy advice, in a particularly confidential field, with many different stakeholders from around the world.

In 2016 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

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.

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