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Presented by TOYOTA and NICB

On Tuesday, November 25, 2014, law enforcement vehicle theft investigators and NICB Special Agents were allowed to enter the Los Angeles Auto Show from 0830 hours to 1100 hours for vehicle identification training.  Between 0715-0815 hours, Training was provided by Wes Vandiver of the Orange County District Attorney's Office Vehicular Homicide Unit.  Wes gave a presentation on the use of "Event Data Recorders in Automotive Investigations."  It was the twenty-fifth annual law enforcement training day, sponsored by Toyota and the National Insurance Crime Bureau. 

Refreshments were provided by Toyota and NICB in room 502 A&B on the second floor of the lobby between 0630 and 0815 hours. 

The training was provided to allow auto theft investigators an opportunity to inspect new vehicle identification numbers. 

"IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT A GOOD IDENTIFICATION NUMBER LOOKS LIKE, YOU WILL NOT RECOGNIZE A BAD ONE" This theory depicts the purpose and scope of the training day.

Some vehicle manufacturer’s representatives were available during this event to provide assistance with the training by displaying their vehicles, providing verbal and/or printed information, and by answering questions.  The show also provides an opportunity for manufacturer’s representatives to interact with law enforcement officers and NICB agents to review current vehicle theft problems, security issues and trends.

Please provide feedback regarding your experience at the training to Pat Goodman.  It will be used in preparing the next Training taking place in 2015.  If you have any questions, or need additional information, please contact NICB Supervisory Special Agent Pat Goodman, at e-mail address pgoodman@nicb.org / telephone (714-404-7415).

As a courtesy, retired Special Agent Mark Winter previously provided a vehicle inspection form that could be used as a template for the vehicles that were inspected this year.

Also attached is a short page to help explain transponder/immobilizer key systems.  The manufacturer representatives at the last show said that there were many officers unaware of the scope of the technology involved.

Downloadable files:
Transponder / Immobilizers (31 kb large password encrypted Adobe .pdf file) 
Vehicle Inspection Sheet (24 kb large password encrypted Adobe .pdf file)

Both files are password encrypted.  The password was previously given out to law enforcement personnel.  If you need the password, please contact the Webmaster from your law enforcement agency email address

The man behind the training, NICB SSA Pat Goodman
Guest Speaker OCDA Investigator Wesley Vandiver
NICB SSA Pat Goodman
Investigator Wesley Vandiver
Toyota FT1
Galpin Auto Sports 724R Rocket Mustang
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