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Presented by TOYOTA and NICB

On Tuesday, December 4, 2012, law enforcement vehicle theft investigators and NICB Special Agents were allowed to enter the Los Angeles Auto Show from 0800 hours to 1100 hours for vehicle identification training. Between 0715 and 0800 William Biondo from General Motors Offices in Detroit, MI put on a presentation on GM Vehicle Labeling. It was the twentythird 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.

The training is 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 reflects 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 Mark Winter.  It will be used in preparing the next Training taking place in 2013.  If you have any questions, or need additional information, please contact Mark Winter, NICB, at e-mail address mwinter@nicb.org or telephone (cell: 909-208-0845).

As a courtesy, Agent Winter attached a vehicle inspection form that you can use as a template for the vehicles you inspect 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 (55 kb large password encrypted Word .doc file) 
                                 Vehicle Inspection Sheet (35 kb large password encrypted Word .doc 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

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