NICB News

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 …

As Vehicle Thefts Decline, Incidence of Stolen Car Parts Rise

While car thefts are declining across the country, the thefts of some parts and accessories are proving to be a lucrative business for professional thieves. In the Detroit area, it’s become a huge problem that‘s costing consumers, insurance companies, car …

Texas Flooding Damaged Nearly 10,000 Insured Vehicles

An estimated 7,000 to 10,000 insured vehicles sustained water damage as a result of the recent flooding in Texas. That’s the current estimate from Copart, a company that works on behalf of insurers to handle the vehicles damaged in catastrophes. …

As Metal Prices Rise so do Copper Thefts From Rails

Longtime New York City subway cops have seen copper thefts before, but last week’s heist on a stretch of open-air tracks was particularly brazen: 500 feet of inch-thick cable stripped from the rails in the middle of the night. The …

NICB Releases Camaro Hot Wheels Classics Theft Report

If leading the pack as a pace car at the Indianapolis 500 is any acknowledgement of a car’s connection to performance, then Chevrolet Camaro’s eight trips around the track is second only to the Corvette’s record of 13. Although the …

Vehicles With Keys Left Inside Easy Target for Thieves: NICB

In a first-of-its-kind analysis of vehicle thefts released today, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) found a disturbing trend — an increasing number of thefts of vehicles with the keys left inside. For the years 2012 through 2014, at total …

Anti-Fraud Legislation Kicks Up in 3 States

Tim Lynch, government affairs director, for the National Insurance Crime Bureau, recently spoke to Claims Journal to discuss anti-fraud legislation in 2015. Although all is quiet on the federal level, there is significant activity among three key states. Minnesota has …

Stolen Vehicle Clones: Hot Cars in Cool Disguises

The National Insurance Crime Bureau is warning consumers to be careful when buying a used vehicle, especially one that’s priced “too good to be true.” An innocent woman in Lancaster, Wis., bought a used GMC Denali for $30,000 and for …

Warming Car Ahead of Time Could Lead to Fine, Theft

As freezing temperatures overtake much of the U.S., many drivers will consider warming their car up ahead of time. But depending on where you do it, some may be surprised to learn that it is against the law in certain …

LAPD and NICB Issue Warning on Bandit Tow Truck Scams

The Los Angeles Police Department and the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) are warning motorists of a growing problem with unauthorized tow truck operators in the LA area. These “bandit” tow truck operators monitor police radios and respond to accidents …