NMVTIS: Provides Guidance to Hurricane Sandy Victims Buying Vehicles and Assists Vehicle Theft Investigators

IACP Highway Safety Committee Chair Joseph A. Farrow, Chair of the Advisory Board of the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS), is requesting that law enforcement assist Hurricane Sandy victims by encouraging them to secure vehicle history reports through NMVTIS before buying vehicles, so they will not unknowingly purchase storm-damaged vehicles. Criminals once again are attempting to sell water-damaged vehicles to those already victimized, like they did after Hurricane Katrina, and law enforcement is in a position to prevent their being taken advantage of.

Also, the NMVTIS Advisory Board encourages auto theft investigators to use the new NMVTIS Law Enforcement Access Tool, as well as the private, secure collaborative on-line portal. These activities are described in more depth in this letter.

California Highway Patrol Commissioner Farrow is the current Chair of the IACP Highway Safety Committee and the immediate past chair of the IACP Vehicle Theft Committee. He believes that IACP members can prevent Hurricane Sandy victims from being re-victimized, and that auto theft investigators can benefit from these additions to their “investigative toolkits.”

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