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Case Study

See how we helped intercept an international crime gang

When we were approached by the National Crime Agency (NCA) to assist with Operation Navigate, we used our covert tracking technology to trace, intercept and expose an international crime gang stealing high-value vehicles from the UK to sell in Africa.

In this case study, we’ll explain what happened, how we provided a solution and the results for UK law enforcement.
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An overview of the operation

  • The National Crime Agency (NCA) and Interpol asked the AX Track team to track and locate a stolen car from the UK, uncovering an international crime gang
  • Using our covert technology, we could track the vehicle travelling in a container from the UK to Mombasa Port, Kenya and later to Kampala, Uganda
  • Our expertise, combined with our technology, helped to support the NCA and law enforcement where they needed it the most, resulting in the best possible outcome

The situation

Since 2014, there’s been an increase in the number of high-value cars stolen in the UK to sell overseas, particularly in Africa. The NCA wanted to track these vehicles and use surveillance to uncover the criminal gang behind the activity. That’s where AX Track came in.

The NCA approached AX Track for two reasons — the high-quality tracking technology we use and our team's knowledge and experience. Many members of our investigative team are ex-law enforcement, which means they have the skills and understanding of how law enforcement works to help achieve a positive outcome for Operation Navigate.

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The recovery mission

As part of the mission, our investigative team tracked a stolen car in a shipping container to Mombasa Port in Kenya. From there, our surveillance revealed the vehicle travelled through Kenya and over the border to Uganda, where it was stored in a bonded warehouse in Kampala ready for sale.

As the car was transported inside a shipping container, law enforcement wouldn’t have been able to locate and trace the vehicle without AX Track.

With the evidence secured, the NCA and Interpol could now make connections to other bonded warehouses, members of the criminal organisation and others involved, such as complicit customs officers. With our help, Operation Navigate produced results never seen before for law enforcement dealing with stolen cars in the UK.

The results

The amount of stolen cars in the UK is on the rise. We need to remove the incentive for criminals. As a result of having AX Track technology fitted to the vehicle, we helped repatriate almost £1 million worth of stolen cars to the UK as part of Operation Navigate.

That’s the most successful repatriation operation ever run by UK law enforcement, which is why we received thanks from the UK Home Secretary.

After the cars were handed over to the British High Commissioner in Kampala, law enforcement asked us to ensure the job was finished securely. We travelled to Uganda and installed AX Track technology on all the recovered vehicles to ensure they returned safely to the UK.

Our combination of technology, knowledge and experience proved invaluable for law enforcement agencies, helping them to stop the rise of vehicle crime one gang at a time.

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If you’re interested in our service or want to discuss our partnership, it all starts by heading over to our contact page and telling us more about yourself. From there, our friendly team will be in touch to discuss the next steps. 

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