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.

Southwest Region Holds Seventh Auto Theft Investigation Course of 2018

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NICB’s Southwest Region completed the last (in a series of seven) auto theft investigation course at the South Padre Island Convention Center in Texas this week. This last three day course ran from November 27th to 29th, and was sponsored by the NICB, the South Padre Island Police Department, and the Brownsville Police Department.

The class, attended by nearly 100 law enforcement and SIU individuals, was instructed by NICB and law enforcement personnel with vehicle theft expertise. NICB instructors included Southwest Region agents SSA John Mitchell and SA Israel Pacheco. Other speakers came from the Texas DMV, Texas Parks and Wildlife, the State Fire Marshall, Texas Department of Insurance, Travelers Insurance, DPS, and the McAllen and Brownsville police departments.

This past year, the basic auto theft investigation course has been delivered in Arkansas, New Mexico, Louisiana, and San Antonio, El Paso and Grand Prairie, Texas.

In total, over 400 law enforcement and SIU personnel have attended this series of courses during 2018.