Motor Vehicles: Theft

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 5th March 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Labour, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make it his policy to treat theft from a work vehicle in the same legal terms as theft from a commercial property.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Under section 7 of the Theft Act 1968 there is no distinction between theft from a work vehicle and theft from a commercial building. The theft offence would apply regardless of where the theft takes place.

Theft from a commercial building could potentially also amount to burglary if a person enters the building as a trespasser. However, theft from a work vehicle could only amount to burglary if the vehicle was inhabited. The requirement for entrance into a building (including an inhabited vehicle) is a fundamental part of the law on burglary that the Government has no intention to change.

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