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VSST Ltd was formed to Maintain Standards, find Solutions to Vehicle and Vehicle Enabled Crime and Maintain Best Practice.


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TASSA Registered Installation companies and their installers can be the eyes and ears within our communities and transport networks. They often operate in and around the UK installing vehicle aftermarket systems for their customers. It is therefore important that they are aware of the threat from terrorism in the UK and that they understand how to recognise and respond to incidents and suspicious behaviours and activities should they occur.


To support this, we recommend that installers and support staff undertake the ACT e-Learning package. This counter terrorism awareness product contains advice and activities across a variety of modules, including: Introduction to Counter Terrorism, Identifying Security Vulnerabilities and How to Identify and Respond to Suspicious Behaviour. The package can be completed on smartphones and tablets in around an hour and is free.

We would also recommend that installers and their organisations utilise the ProtectUK platform and App.


This platform provides a single point of reference to understand terrorism threats and appropriate responses and includes a function for reporting suspicious activity to the authorities.

Security advice and guidance, along with the award winning ACT Awareness e-Learning, can be found at



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Having spent a collective of  some 60 years working within Thatcham Research and the Metropolitan Police, setting vehicle Insurance ratings and security standards for both the Aftermarket and vehicle OEM’s and pushing best practice for all vehicle types form information gained on the street through police across the globe.

Promoting and providing research and corrective actions leading to consultancy for both the Aftermarket and OEM's which drove down passenger car theft down from 625,000  to 75,000.


Using aftermarket and OEM systems of all vehicle and equipment types to withstand and counter theft and fraud.


In turn assisting brands with brand protection and insurers from possible fraud and 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 recognition and standards for the Aftermarket and Installers, VSST Ltd was asked to establish a programme that would give reassurance and credibility to customers having systems fitted. From this TASSA was created (

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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.


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 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 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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