Identifying vehicle theft and hijacking as a key escalating fleet cost in the early 1990’s, the Kempston Group set about establishing the Kempston Vehicle Theft and Recovery Unit. The objective of the Unit, headed up by National Director; Eric Haynes, a Former Lieutenant-Colonel with the South African Police Services, was twofold – the safeguarding of our core assets as well as those of our clients.
Since its launch in 1995, full support from top management and significant investment has resulted in this division saving the group some R88 million. As at July 2014 they have enjoyed a 96% success rate. Of 708 vehicle-related incidents, 677 vehicles have been recovered. Measured against a national and global increase in vehicle thefts and hijackings, since 1998 Kempston has bucked the trend and enjoyed an 89% decrease in incidents. Vehicle theft & hijackings increased during 2014, however Kempston’s VTR recovery rate remains at 96%.
The Unit is on stand-by 24/7, 365 days a year and continually adjusts it operation in line with the changing modus operandi of vehicle theft and hijacking syndicates and individuals. Nationally, every staff member is on continual stand-by and the unit operates throughout South Africa and neighboring states.
Various insurance underwriting agencies have mandated KVTR to investigate and recover vehicles on their behalf and to reconstruct accident scenes / investigate accident claims. Between March 2001 and July 2014, the Unit saved their clients in excess of R208 million in claims.
0800 430 430 – Kempston Vehicle Theft and Recovery Unit’s toll-free number ensures immediate reaction.
KVTR specialises in the following types of investigations on behalf of insurance underwriting agencies:
Vehicle Hijacking Investigations (heavy commercial vehicles as well as passenger vehicles)
Vehicle Theft Investigations (heavy commercial vehicles as well as passenger vehicles)