NICB News

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 …

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 …