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 global basis, with the overall remit of finding solutions to reduce vehicle crime.
Responsible for security updates that drove down car crime from over 625,000 cars to just over 75,000 cars stolen and the creation of criteria to combat vehicle enabled crime against other vehicle types. The theft of construction plant and agricultural vehicle has not gone untouched, the standards are continually being pushed higher along with tracking and cyber style crimes whether connected or transmitted. Setting standards for alarms/immobilisers, other electrical, mechanical and tracking systems and installation of systems for all vehicle types, enabling the right system to be fitted to the right vehicle type.
He has influenced many countries around the world, with one engineer permanently based in South East Asia, support for Sweden through TFF Motor Insurance in maintaining a reduced theft risk for Swedish market and worked in a range of other countries throughout Europe. Also where vehicle enabled crime is the common denominator assisting tackling vehicle crime in America, Canada, Japan, Korea and Russia
In July 2016 Mike took on the new challenge and started his own company VSST Ltd to maintain standards and find solutions against theft threats with key stakeholders such as police, Government, the Aftermarket tracking and security systems suppliers forming the Tracking and Aftermarket Security System Association (TASSA), insurers, vehicle manufacturers, and others in the continuing battle against crime across the globe.