Thatcham is an organisation that has been tasked with improving vehicle security from as early as 1992. In the early 1990s, the news was filled with stories of vehicle theft and the subsequent damage and suffering they were causing. Resulting from this Thatcham analysed theft methods and new theft techniques used to break into or steal vehicles. Using the research and information found, Thatcham can help to improve safety and security on future and present vehicles.
Thatcham are best known by motorists for testing vehicle security systems. A Security Criteria is used by Thatcham to combat new theft techniques. With new methods and techniques for vehicle theft continuingly taking place, Thatcham continuously analyse all the methods used to break into or steal vehicles. With the Security Criteria, vehicle manufacturers and security manufacturers are updated on new attack methods, enabling them to improve on potential weak points in a vehicle's security design.