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National Insurance Crime Bureau

NICB Announces Inaugural Podcast, The NICB Crime Examiner!

DES PLAINES, Ill., April 21, 2021 — The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the insurance industry’s association dedicated to predicting, preventing, and prosecuting insurance crime, is pleased to announce its inaugural podcast, The NICB Crime Examiner.

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“With nearly 30 years of law enforcement background, I know that one of the best ways to keep from becoming a victim of crime is to be aware of how crimes are committed. The NICB Crime Examiner allows us to inform listeners about potential insurance crimes and scams and share advice to reduce the chances of becoming a victim,” said David Glawe, president and CEO of the NICB.

The NICB Crime Examiner focuses on insurance crime issues impacting the public, and how to stay ahead of the curve. In its inaugural episode, Auto Thefts and Carjackings: The Pandemic Effect, Glawe discusses the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the significant increase in auto thefts and carjackings across the country. NICB found that there were 873,080 auto thefts in 2020, a 9.2% increase over 2019, and recorded the most thefts for a single year in the past decade. Further, every month from June through December 2020 saw theft increases ranging from 11 to 18% over 2019.

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Overall, 38 states witnessed increases in auto thefts in 2020 over 2019.

Future episodes will focus on all types of crime issues ranging from staged auto accidents, disaster fraud, and cybercrime.

“Insurance fraud and scams cost consumers directly and indirectly. The more people know about these scams, the more we can protect our individual financial resources,” said podcast host and NICB Vice President of Communications Brooke Kelley.

The NICB Crime Examiner podcast can be found on the NICB website, and users can subscribe on Apple Podcast, Spotify, or wherever they like to listen.

Media Contact

If you have a question, want further information on the NICB, or to discuss insurance fraud or vehicle crime, please contact:

Tully Lehman
Senior Public Affairs Manager
925.758.0744
tlehman@nicb.org

Corey Witte
Interim Vice President of Communications
847.894.2569
cwitte@nicb.org

Or, if you are a reporter and have a request or question, please complete the Media Request Form.

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 combatting and preventing insurance crime through Intelligence, Analytics, and Operations; Education and Crime Prevention; and Strategy, Policy, and Advocacy. 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 www.nicb.org.