All posts by Susan Hurtado

Victim Buys Flooded Pickup that Went from Florida to Texas

NICB Warns Care Shoppers to Beware of Fraud

DES PLAINES, Ill., May 10, 2018 — A young man who bought a pickup truck in Houston is now warning buyers to follow the advice of the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) before closing a deal on a used vehicle.

Kenton Basinger shelled out $14,000 for a 2012 Chevy Silverado that normally would sell for about $18,000. But the good deal he thought he was getting quickly turned into a nightmare when he realized he had purchased a pickup that had been flooded.

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U.S. Watercraft Thefts Resume Downward Trend

5 Percent Drop in 2017 Offsets 2016 Minor Increase

DES PLAINES, Ill., May 16, 2018 — The National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) 2017 watercraft theft report shows a 5 percent decrease and resumes the downward trend in thefts that was broken by 2016’s slight increase. A total of 4,864 watercraft were reported stolen between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2017. The report is based on theft data contained in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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On Foot, At Risk

Study Highlights Rising Pedestrian Deaths, Points Toward Solutions

Pedestrian deaths have jumped 46 percent since 2009. The increase has been mostly in cities and suburbs, away from intersections, on arterial roads and in the dark.

Read the entire cover story, news release and view graphics here.

IIHS – May 8, 2018 | Volume 53, Number 3

A Firm Foundation: How Insurance Supports the Economy

Key Facts: The Insurance Industry’s Contribution To The California Economy

Employment

U.S. Department of Commerce data show the insurance industry provided 322,897 jobs in California in 2016. The California insurance industry accounted for about $26.2 billion in compensation in 2016.

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Published by Insurance Information Institute

The Most Dangerous (and Safest) States for Drivers

POSTED 6:23 AM, MARCH 20, 2018, BY TRIBUNE MEDIA WIRE

NEW YORK — If you’ve ever taken a cross-country roadtrip, you probably noticed — in addition to changes in scenery — differences in road conditions, traffic laws, driving behaviors, and vehicle choice when moving from state to state. Perhaps less obvious, though, is that these differences make certain states far more dangerous (or more safe) than others when it comes to driving.

Read the entire article and access data and maps here.

NICB: Rising Cost of Parts Fuels Interest of Car Thieves

DES PLAINES, Ill.—If you own a late model car or truck, and you’ve been in a wreck, you may still be shaking your head over the repair bill. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) says today’s vehicles are loaded with expensive parts and technology that increase the costs of repairs, even in what may be considered a minor accident.

And those expensive parts will continue to drive car thefts as criminals steal cars and trucks to strip them and sell the parts on the black market.

Read the entire press release, view video, and download infographics here

Frank Scafidi
916.979.1510
fscafidi@nicb.org

NICB Releases Annual Holiday Vehicle Theft Report

DES PLAINES, Ill., Nov. 16, 2017 — New data released today by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) shows a total of 22,705 vehicles were reported stolen on the 11 holidays in 2016 covered in this report. NICB theft data is pulled from the National Crime Information Center’s (NCIC) stolen vehicle file, which showed a total of 803,719 vehicle thefts for the year.

Halloween was the top holiday with 2,578 reported thefts. Halloween was followed, in descending order, by Labor Day (2,258); New Year’s Day (2,242); Memorial Day (2,139) and New Year’s Eve (2,110).

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NICB: Hurricanes Leave Record Numbers of Vehicles Damaged

Warns Buyers to Beware in Weeks and Months Ahead

DES PLAINES, Ill., Oct. 19, 2017 — Flooded vehicles have finally stopped arriving at the Royal Purple Raceway east of Houston. Some 23,000 now await processing and retitling to be auctioned off for parts or to be scrapped. That is just one of several insurance industry salvage locations where more than 422,000 insured vehicles damaged by Harvey have been taken for processing. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), these totals surpass the number of claims that resulted from Hurricane Katrina (approx. 300,000) and from Superstorm Sandy (250,500).

You can view the entire news release and video here.

Contact:
Frank Scafidi
916.979.1510
fscafidi@nicb.org

NICB Makes Aerial Imagery from Harvey and Irma Available to Public

Before and After Views of Properties Assist Insurers and Emergency Personnel

DES PLAINES, Ill., Sept. 13, 2017 — The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) announced today that it will make available to the public high-resolution aerial imagery of areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. By going to the link and typing in an address, a before-and-after comparison will be available if the property is in an affected area that has been surveyed from the air. Harvey damage is available and imagery from Irma will be posted when available.

You can view the entire report here

Contact:
Frank Scafidi
916.979.1510
fscafidi@nicb.org

NICB’s Hot Wheels: America’s 10 Most Stolen Vehicles

Two Honda models contribute 42 percent of all top 10 thefts

 
July 12, 2017
DES PLAINES, Ill. – The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released its annual Hot Wheels report which identifies the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States. The report examines vehicle theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and determines the vehicle make, model and model year most reported stolen in 2016.

Read entire report and view video here

CONTACT:
Frank Scafidi
916.979.1510
fscafidi@nicb.org