Heavy Equipment ID Training at World AG Expo

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On February 11, 2019, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), in cooperation with the International Agri-Center, conducted a law enforcement heavy equipment identification training day at the 52nd Annual World AG Expo in Tulare, CA. 

NICB Special Agent Neil Carmody discussing heavy equipment theft statistics

This annual training affords law enforcement professionals the opportunity to interact with representatives from the heavy equipment industry and inspect their equipment for identification serial numbers.  This training helps law enforcement to identify stolen equipment and their related components. 

John Deere’s Bryan Thul discussing John Deere PIN plates

This year’s key note presenter was Mr. Bryan Thul of the John Deere Company, who addressed approximately 60 law enforcement officers from throughout California. 

A group shot during Mr. Thul’s presentation

Representatives from Bobcat and Kubota were also on hand to interact with attendees.  This year’s training was hosted by NICB Special Agent Neil Carmody and assisted by Special Agents Lou Koven and Gabe Marquez.

Multiple Arrests Made in Theft of Construction Equipment

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Seven people have been arrested after an investigation into the alleged theft of several pieces equipment and authorities say that more arrests are possible. Authorities recovered nine skid-steer loaders, two backhoes, a mini excavator, multiple all terrain vehicles, a compact tractor with implements, a large construction excavator and multiple trailers.

The stolen items were brought to Shelby County from Hancock, Hendricks, Hamilton, Marion, Johnson, Monroe and Rush counties from 2008 to 2015 according to authorities.

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Heavy Equipment Thefts Increase Just Over 1% from 2013

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DES PLAINES, Ill., Oct. 1, 2015 — The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released a report on heavy equipment thefts in 2014. This report, co-produced with the National Equipment Register (NER), examines heavy equipment theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and profiles that data according to theft state, theft city, theft month, equipment manufacturer, equipment style (type) and year of manufacture. The report also examines heavy equipment recoveries in 2014 based on those same criteria.

In 2014, a total of 11,625 heavy equipment thefts were reported to law enforcement—an increase of 1.2 percent from the 11,486 reported in 2013.

Texas ranked number one in 2014 with 1,650 reported thefts. In second place was North Carolina with 918 thefts followed by Florida in third with 915 thefts. In fourth place was South Carolina with 660 thefts and Georgia is fifth with 647. The top five cities with the most thefts were Houston, Texas (201); Miami, Fla. (105); San Antonio, Texas (83); Oklahoma City, Okla. (83); and Las Vegas, Nev. (73).

See the full report here.

The three most stolen heavy equipment items in 2014 were:

  1. Mowers (riding or garden tractor: 5,051)
  2. Loaders (skid steer, wheeled: 1,907)
  3. Tractors (wheeled or tracked: 1,475)

Heavy equipment manufactured by John Deere was the number one theft target in 2014 followed in order by Kubota Tractor Corp., Bobcat, Caterpillar and Toro.

As for recoveries, only 23 percent of heavy equipment stolen in 2014 was found, making it a costly crime for insurance companies, equipment owners and rental agencies.

NICBHeavyEquipment“Having the support and cooperation of the manufacturers is critical to the efforts to combat this kind of theft,” said NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle. “In an effort to increase the recovery rate, we encourage the manufacturers to share information and work with us to prevent theft and recover stolen equipment.”

NICB urges equipment owners to incorporate theft prevention strategies into their business practices and recommends the following theft prevention tips:

  • Install hidden fuel shut-off systems.
  • Remove fuses and circuit breakers when equipment is unattended.
  • Render equipment immobile or difficult to move after hours or on weekends by clustering it in a “wagon circle.” Place more easily transported items, such as generators and compressors, in the middle of the circle surrounded by larger pieces of equipment.
  • Maintain a photo archive and a specific list of the PIN and component part serial numbers of each piece of heavy equipment in a central location. Stamp or engrave equipment parts with identifying marks, numbers or corporate logos.
  • Use hydro locks to fix articulated equipment in a curved position, preventing it from traveling in a straight line.
  • Use sleeve locks to fix backhoe pads in an extended position, keeping wheels off the ground.

 

 

NICB News: VIN Clones, Car Crashes and Multistate Theft Rings

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In this edition of NICB News we take a look at some very real car crashes that show claims experts how to spot possible fraudulent claims; we look at a VIN cloning case that caught an innocent buyer off guard; and we’ll hear about the latest efforts to tighten anti-fraud laws in Minnesota.

County Purchases Stolen Heavy Equipment Tied to an Alleged Theft Ring

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HeavyEquipmentTheftRingEarlier this month we reported on an alleged theft ring that exposed over $1.5 million in stolen heavy equipment in Evansville, IN. WEHT-TV in Henderson, KY has an update on this case with an interesting twist. According to reporter, Jordan Vandenberge, the county Fiscal Court ‘unknowingly’ purchased stolen equipment that was allegedly tied to the $1.5 million heavy equipment theft ring.

The video showcases some major warning signs the county missed when purchasing the items. This includes purchasing them from Habermel Equipment which was neither a company or a group.

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