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Tech can help address Nigeria vehicle theft

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By Usman Oladimeji

Nigerian car buyers and sellers can leverage this innovative platform.

Mr. Idowu Banjo, the founder of VehicleCheck, a firm dedicated to implementing practical solutions to track and recover vehicle theft, believes that Nigeria’s vehicle theft problem can be effectively tackled by utilizing cutting-edge technology. This new innovation not only helps in recovering stolen vehicles but also prevents the public from unknowingly purchasing stolen cars. He mentioned that the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and the Police could utilize the technology to prevent stolen vehicles from other countries from crossing into the nation.

In 2021, the Federal Government of Nigeria revealed that 40% of vehicles brought into the country were stolen by international car thieves seeking to get rid of their loot. This ongoing issue has caused significant problems for both sellers and buyers, especially when foreign security agencies get involved and trace the source of the vehicles being sold within the country. Nigeria has become a notorious hotspot for these criminals who use the nation as a dumping ground for their stolen cars.

This response to car theft is the most robust in Nigeria.

Banjo added that Nigerian car buyers and sellers can leverage the benefit from the enhanced security and performance offered by VehicleCheck in preventing and recovering stolen vehicles nationwide. In a press release, he emphasized that VehicleCheck is the culmination of extensive research, creativity, and hard work. He stated that this response to car theft is the most robust yet seen in Nigeria, as well as a global issue. Despite vehicle theft being a widespread problem, the lack of effective tracking and recovery services in Nigeria is particularly concerning.

VehicleCheck takes on the task of managing various processes at no cost, providing a stark contrast to the previous requirement of building relationships with security personnel to increase the odds of reclaiming a stolen vehicle. To protect their cars, customers can quickly register the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the website,, in just two steps in order to easily access these benefits. This system ensures you can avoid buying a stolen vehicle or one from overseas by providing free access to the vehicle’s complete history with just a VIN search.

Users will need to input their vehicle’s VIN.

By registering your VIN with VehicleCheck, you can ensure that your car can be tracked in the event of theft. With a police report confirming ownership and theft, your car can be flagged as stolen. This innovative system eliminates the need for security companies in handling car troubles and to prevent unwittingly purchasing a stolen vehicle. The effectiveness of VehicleCheck remains unaffected by the duration of time spent, which means a vehicle’s status remains unchanged regardless of how long it is used.

A stolen car can still be found even years later, as long as it has not been changed in any way. To access the platform, users can click on get started on the homepage and then choose Vehicle Information Service from the services menu. Afterwards, users will need to confirm their acceptance of our terms and conditions by inputting the vehicle’s VIN or registered plate number and selecting next. This will allow them to access the vehicle’s information and authenticate the ownership and registration status of the license plates.

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The founder, Banjo, enthusiastically presents the new innovation, stating that it will help reduce car theft and ensure a centralized national database for vehicle information, bringing much-needed security to the industry. Research findings showed that Nigeria has approximately 11,869,800 registered vehicles, but experts speculate that the current number is higher. The rate of vehicle theft within Nigerian underscores the dire need to adopt this innovative technology platform in order to ensure utmost security.

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