NICB News

NICB: Top Holidays for Vehicle Theft

Holiday car thieves had their busiest day in 2014 on, ironically, Labor Day, stealing 2,200 vehicles according to new data released today by the National Insurance Crime Bureau. NICB’s 2014 Annual Holiday Vehicle Theft Report analyzes data from the National …

NICB: Motorcycle Thefts Continue to Decline

A total of 42,856 motorcycles were reported stolen in 2014 compared with 45,367 reported stolen in 2013—a decrease of six percent, according to a just released National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) report. The report on motorcycle thefts in the United …

NICB: Watercraft Thefts Continued to Sink in 2014

As boat owners begin the annual task of winterizing and dry docking their boats for the season, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reports that watercraft theft continues to drop. NICB’s annual report looks at watercraft theft and recoveries in …

NICB Reports Insured Metal Theft Claims Continue to Decline

Continuing a recent trend, the National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that insured metal theft claims in 2014 were down 8 percent from 2012 levels. In 2012, a total of 13,731 metal theft claims were processed. The number dropped to 13,632 …

Midwestern Theft Ring Busted Amid Rising Cargo Thefts

Cargo theft increased 11 percent this year, according to CargoNet, a division of Verisk Crime Analytics, and law enforcement is taking notice. Earlier this year, Tim Lynch, government affairs director, for the National Insurance Crime Bureau, spoke to Claims Journal …

NICB Looks Back on Hurricane Katrina, Birth of VinCheck

While Katrina impacted parts of Alabama, Florida and Mississippi, its most widespread destruction occurred in Louisiana in and around New Orleans. After making landfall on August 29, 2005, Katrina’s heavy rainfall and significant storm surge caused breaches in a number …

High Tech Scanner Boxes Latest Tool Used by Auto Thieves

Law enforcement officials and theft investigators are concerned that criminals may be getting their hands on high-tech electronic devices that can be used to break into vehicles. Also, they warn, these devices could be used to start and steal vehicles, …

NICB Reports Nearly 3500 Dodge Chargers Stolen in 2014

When Chrysler introduced the Dodge Charger for the 1966 model year, it wasn’t an overwhelming hit with consumers. Its second generation, however, produced for model years 1968 through 1970, did strike a sweet spot with buyers looking for a muscular …

NICB Reports More Than 250,000 Pontiac Firebirds Stolen Since Introduced

When General Motors introduced the Pontiac Firebird in 1967, it joined the growing field of “muscle cars” populated with nameplates such as the Ford Mustang and Dodge Charger both of which were scoring commercial success in the marketplace. But as …

San Francisco Area Earns Top Honors in NICB’s 2014 Hot Spots Theft Report

California’s San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the nation’s highest per capita vehicle theft rate in 2014, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) latest Hot Spots report. NICB’s Hot Spots report examines vehicle theft data obtained from …