NICB Report: Texas Leads the Nation in Pickup Truck Thefts

California and Florida Round Out the Top Three States

PickupTruck2014GraphicDES PLAINES, Ill., Sept. 11, 2014 — As revealed in a new report released today by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), pickup trucks are a popular choice for both personal and work use, and given their wide range of applications and utility, they have become a favorite target by vehicle thieves as well. Between Jan. 1, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2013, 9,441 pickup trucks were reported stolen. Full-sized pickup trucks had more thefts with 8,367 thefts versus 895 for compact pickups. Mid-sized pickup trucks had the fewest thefts with 179.

The report looks at theft data only for model years 2011, 2012 and 2013 pickups stolen between Jan. 1, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2013. The classes of pickups are compact, mid-size and full size as described in Automotive News’ Data Center.

Read the full press release in the NICB Newsroom.

 

NICB: 2013 Tailgate Thefts Rise 31 Percent Compared to 2012

Texas, California and Arizona Most Active

TailgateTheftsGraphicDES PLAINES, Ill., Sept. 3, 2014 — The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released a new report that shows that insured tailgate thefts rose from 831 in 2012 to 1,090 in 2013—an increase of 31 percent.

The report reviews claims data submitted by insurance companies between Jan. 1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2013.

The top three states for tailgate thefts during this period were: Texas (752), California (334) and Arizona (207). The cities reporting the most thefts were: Houston (145), San Antonio (125) and Dallas (91).

The top three cities for tailgate thefts were: Houston (145), San Antonio (125), and Dallas (91).

The underground market is lively for items that can be acquired at a fraction of their legitimate cost. Tailgates are no exception. While many of these stolen tailgates end up on similar vehicles, others are simply sold for scrap, which contributes to the nationwide problem of metal theft.

Tailgate thefts can occur anywhere; several episodes of multiple thefts have occurred in single locations, such as auto dealers’ lots and shopping malls. Since a tailgate theft takes just seconds to accomplish, consumers might consider using an after-market security device, such as a hinge lock to thwart criminals.

View the complete report here.

Joe Wehrle, NICB President, to Address International Financial Crimes Investigators

Insurance Fraud and its Impact on the Insurance Industry

NICB President & CEO Joe Wehrle

NICB President & CEO Joe Wehrle

PHOENIX, Ariz.—National Insurance Crime Bureau President and Chief Executive Officer, Joe Wehrle, will address the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators during its annual training conference today in Phoenix.

Wehrle will provide an overview of the changing face of insurance fraud and how it is impacting the property and casualty insurance industry. From medical fraud rings to organized criminal elements hijacking goods from interstate transportation networks, Wehrle will describe what NICB investigators and their insurance and law enforcement colleagues are encountering across America—and what NICB is doing to stop it.

Topics to be discussed include NICB’s major medical fraud task force operations, the alarming rise in questionable claims, stolen vehicle and specialized equipment recovery efforts and NICB’s analysis of vehicle finance scams.

Wehrle will address attendees comprised of law enforcement, bank and credit card fraud investigators, retail merchant investigators and loss prevention professionals, among others, during two presentations beginning at 2:00pm today at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Hotel. For additional information visit here.

About the IAFCI: The association, a non-profit international organization, will provide services and an environment within which information about financial fraud, fraud investigation and fraud prevention methods can be collected, exchanged and taught for the common good of the financial payment industry and our global society. To learn more visit www.iafci.org.

About the National Insurance Crime Bureau: headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation’s leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, training, legislative advocacy and public awareness. The NICB is supported by more than 1,100 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote $371 billion in insurance premiums in 2013, or more than 78 percent of the nation’s property/casualty insurance. That includes more than 93 percent ($168 billion) of the nation’s personal auto insurance. To learn more visit www.nicb.org.

NICB’s Hot Wheels: America’s 10 Most Stolen Vehicles

NICBHotWheelsSocialDES PLAINES, Ill., Aug. 18, 2014 — The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released its annual Hot Wheels report, which identifies the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States. The report examines vehicle theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and determines the vehicle make, model and model year most reported stolen in 2013.

Also in today’s release is a list of the top 25 2013 vehicle makes and models that were reported stolen in calendar year 2013.

For 2013, the most stolen vehicles* in the nation were (total thefts in parentheses):

1. Honda Accord (53,995)
2. Honda Civic (45,001)
3. Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) (27,809)
4. Ford Pickup (Full Size) (26,494)
5. Toyota Camry (14,420)
6. Dodge Pickup (Full Size) (11,347)
7. Dodge Caravan (10,911)
8. Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee (9,272)
9. Toyota Corolla (9,010)
10. Nissan Altima (8,892)

Read the full press release.

Watercraft Thefts Sink by 6 Percent in 2013

WaterCraftInfographicWebDES PLAINES, Ill., May 19, 2014 — With summer and boating season just around the corner, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released its latest report on watercraft theft and recoveries in the United States. The report examines watercraft* reported stolen between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2013. The report draws from data contained in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Overall, there were 5,537 watercraft thefts reported during 2013, and that is a 6 percent decrease from the 5,870 thefts reported in 2012.

The top five states for thefts in descending order were: Florida (1,310), California (628), Texas (382), Washington (208) and Georgia (182). No watercraft thefts were reported from Hawaii and the District of Columbia.

The top five types of watercraft stolen in 2013 were in identical order to last year’s report. In first place was the “Jet Ski” category, which recorded 1,215 thefts. It was followed by, in descending order, runabout (871), utility (363), cruiser (214) and sailboat (44).

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NICB Centennial – Looking Back. Moving Forward – Part I

It seems like yesterday when I began my career at the Insurance Crime Prevention Institute (ICPI). I was hired as a Special Agent “trainee” to introduce some young blood into the investigative operations of the organization. For the first year of my career, I was assigned to a seasoned ICPI Agent named Craig Kennaugh to learn the many intricacies of investigating staged accidents, suspicious slip and falls and medical fraud in Chicago. That was in 1987. The experience I gained from being a field agent was invaluable in providing me a knowledge base on how complex, data intense and time consuming these types of investigations were.

Over the course of the next 24 plus years, I’ve experienced many positive changes that have strengthened our ability to fight fraud. ICPI merged with the National Automobile Theft Bureau (NATB) to create the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) in 1992. Shortly after the merger, I assumed a position at NICB Headquarters where I began a transition from field work to program management to information systems and data acquisition.

During this period of time, information sharing evolved from claim history information being reported by insurers on index cards and stored by regional Index Bureaus in Lecktrievers to online electronic access. NICB led this change and was at the forefront of providing online access to vehicle and claim information via NDBS and later with the launch of NICB Online. In the late 1990’s, NICB information and systems, along with data from the Index System and PILR, formed the foundation of the All Claims Database, ISO ClaimSearch. This consolidation created a one stop solution for claim handlers, special investigators, NICB and law enforcement to query millions of claim and vehicle information to piece together disparate pieces of information to fight fraud.

While data sharing and technology were changing at a rapid pace, NICB leadership was proactive in stressing the value of information driven investigations. This foresight led to the creation of the Strategic and Tactical Information Department (Data Analytics today) whose mission was to analyze information to proactively inform NICB member companies and NICB field operations of trends and patterns of possible insurance fraud or vehicle theft.

Analytically our biggest opportunity to proactively identify medical provider fraud lies within the development of the Aggregated Medical Database. Over the past two years, we have worked with our members to aggregate auto and workers compensation medical billing data in order to process fraud indicators to identify possible fraud, waste and abuse. Early findings have been positive, and we will continue to enhance our capabilities.

As I celebrate my 25th anniversary with NICB this April, I look forward to future changes that must be undertaken to thwart the criminal ingenuity of insurance fraud and vehicle crime perpetrators.

Dan A. – Chief Information Officer

NICB People, Passion, Purpose – Part IV

Did you know that analytical units are one of the fastest growing units within the insurance industry today?

NICB’s Data Analytics team is a dynamic group comprised of strategic, tactical, and statistical analysts, who each wear a variety of hats.

Tactical analysts coordinate with case agents to tailor analytical support for each individual case’s needs. Strategic analysts mine vast datasets to identify significant claim activity indicative of fraud for investigation by both NICB and its individual members. Statistical analysts compile national campaigns such as the NICB ‘Hot Wheels’ and ‘Hot Spots’ reports, in addition to providing the individual Member Benefit reports.

Our team is fortunate to have direct contact with our members and strives for two way communication to ensure we provide quality work products for all we serve. Our department contributes to the majority of what is published by NICB, not only for members, but the public as well. Chances are, if there is a report or presentation with data, graphs, charts, or maps, Data Analytics was involved. In today’s world, advanced technology has led to new ways to commit fraud. Our analysts are technically savvy, and continually evolve their skills to identify new groups and new fraud trends as they emerge. Having been with NICB 13 years, I have seen a lot of change in the way we combat fraud. I consider myself lucky to be a part of today’s team of analysts. They are bright and committed, and watch out fraudsters. They are also very determined.