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National Insurance Crime Bureau

Southwest Region Auto Theft Investigators Training Sees Continued Success

NICB hosted a Basic Auto Theft Investigators Course on South Padre Island during the first week of November. Close to 100 federal, state, county, and municipal law enforcement were in attendance.

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In addition to NICB hosted sessions, specialists from Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas DMV, the Texas Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority and the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office were also invited to take part in the program.


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The need for this course began back in 2012 when NICB agents John Mitchell and Israel Pacheco of the Southwest Region, developed a one-day course teaching a basic auto theft course to investigators. Due to the number of people in attendance, there was a need for more training. That one course evolved into a three-day school that soon began expanding to other areas throughout the state.  

In 2019, courses were also held in Houston, San Antonio and Dallas. So far, more than 200 members of law enforcement attend this series of courses. 

Anyone with information concerning insurance fraud or vehicle theft can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 800.TEL.NICB (800.835.6422) or submitting a form on our website.

About the National Insurance Crime Bureau: Headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation's leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting, and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through Intelligence & Analytics, Learning & Development, and Strategy, Policy, & Plans. The NICB is supported by more than 1,200 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote over $530 billion in insurance premiums in 2020, or more than 82% of the nation's property-casualty insurance. That includes more than 95% ($236 billion) of the nation's personal auto insurance. To learn more, visit