The United States may have found an effective means to recover stolen vehicles, writes Keith Nuthall.

It has signed treaties that will provide a mechanism by which vehicles that have been driven out of the country by thieves can be retrieved.

Seven countries have signed the Return of Stolen, Robbed, or Embezzled Vehicles and Aircraft Treaty: Mexico, Dominican Republic, Panama, Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Honduras.

Six of these bilateral agreements have been ratified, with the Honduras treaty being currently debated by the US senate for its advice and consent.