NW3C forms key partnership to help law enforcement reduce vehicle fraud.
The National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), in its continual effort to support, educate and provide services to state and local law enforcement, announces its partnership with the National Salvage Vehicle Reporting Program (NSVRP). NSVRP supports law enforcement with initiatives aimed at controlling auto theft and is instrumental in supporting the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS). Consumers and law enforcement use NMVTIS not only to deter title fraud but also to prevent unsafe vehicles from hitting the streets.
During disasters such as hurricanes or floods, many vehicles become damaged. For instance, CollisionWeek reports that the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) estimates that 230,000 vehicles were damaged as a result of the recent “Super Storm” Sandy which hit the east coast this fall. Dishonest individuals may seize the opportunity to obtain flooded vehicles and then take them to other states; dry them out; and sell them as “good,” used vehicles. Unbeknownst to the future buyers, these vehicles were once flooded and are now unsafe to drive due to damaged electrical systems. NW3C’s partnership with NSVRP will focus on providing law enforcement with the training required to detect these crimes and protect the public.
NW3C and NSVRP both see this partnership as a natural fit that will serve as a great resource for the law enforcement community. NW3C and NSVRP will be working together to identify, develop, and maintain training programs and educational materials relating to auto theft and title fraud stemming from the online sale of salvaged vehicles, VIN cloning, and related crimes involved with the use of the Internet, social media and other interactive aspects of the Internet.
NW3C Director Don Brackman stated, “With the launch of this partnership, we have an opportunity to make significant strides in reducing vehicle fraud.”
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Funded for over thirty years primarily by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), NW3C is a leader in the fight against economic and high-tech crime.
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The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) led by Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary Lou Leary. OJP provides innovative leadership in developing law enforcement partnerships and disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America to prevent and control crime and to assist victims of crime. Additional information about OJP can be found at http://www.ojp.gov.