‘Award Winning’ NCC CRiS gets MP visit

Chippenham MP, Michelle Donelan, visited the offices of the Central Registration and Identification Service (CRiS) a week after the company won the ‘Best Application of Technology’ Award at the SWCCF (The South West Contact centre forum) awards. Michelle was shown the new VIN Chip scheme and the company’s plans for expansion.

CRiS was established in 1992 by the National Caravan Council (NCC) to improve caravan security and help prevent and detect caravan related crime. CRiS provides a register of touring caravan ‘keeper’ details and is recognised by the industry, consumers, regulatory bodies and government organisations as the national registration scheme for touring caravans.

This summer NCC CRiS has launched VIN Chip, a new improved theft deterrent and identification system for touring caravans.

VIN Chip is unique as it uses both visible and invisible markings containing a touring caravan’s specific 17 digit VIN.  Touring caravan VIN’s will be displayed on tamper evident stickers to deter criminals. Hidden electronic RFID chips, that are traceable by the Police for identification and recovery of stolen touring caravans, will also contain the VIN.

All NCC member touring caravan manufacturers have adopted VIN Chip and all their 2016 touring caravan models will carry the new branding, positioned on windows and gas bottle lockers.

Michelle also learnt more about the NCC, the trade body for the industry in the UK and the importance of the £6bn caravan sector to the UK economy. The industry employs around 130,000 people and there are currently in excess of 1 million leisure accommodation vehicles in use in the UK.

Sean Bailey, Managing Director of NCC CRiS, said:

“We were delighted to welcome Michelle to our offices in Chippenham at such an exciting time for the company and the caravan industry as a whole. NCC CRiS continues to develop technologies to reduce crime and give caravan owners peace of mind.

“By working closely with the police we are confident that the new VIN Chip scheme will both deter caravan theft and help in the speedy identification and recovery of stolen caravans.

Mr Bailey added:

“Our recent award for the best application of technology at the SWCCF is a ringing endorsement of our work and the fantastic team here in Chippenham.

Michelle Donelan MP said:

“It is really encouraging to see such an innovative organisation here in Chippenham and I welcomed the opportunity to learn more about NCC CRiS’ exciting plans going forward. The caravan industry is vital for the UK economy and I will be doing what I can to support its growth.

“Congratulations to Sean, Kelly and NCC CRiS’ hard-working team on their richly deserved award success.”


Notes to editors

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Caption L-R – Kelly Surtees NCC CRiS, Michelle Donelan MP, Sean Bailey NCC CRiS

The NCC is the trade association for the UK caravan industry, encompassing touring caravans, motorhomes, caravan holiday homes and park homes. The NCC represents some 800 member outlets in manufacturing, park operations, distribution, retailing, and in the provisions of specialist suppliers and services within the UK caravan industry, which is worth in excess of £6 billion per annum (sale of products, services and holiday spend).

Press contact: Paul Mauerhoff – NCC public relations manager – paul.m@thencc.org.uk – 01252 796 092