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Upcoming Seminars

Our last seminar was held on Melbourne on 18-20 April 2016.  Our next secheduled events are:

 

April 2017:            24th Annual Australasian Branch Seminar. 
                              (To be held as a joint event with the National Motor 
                              Vehile Theft Reduction Council and Victoria Police) 
                              4th - 6th April, 2017   
                              Melbourne, Australia

 

August  2017:      65th Annual Training Seminar, Cape Town, South Africa, 
                              27th August 7 - 1st September, 2017

                              See iaati2017.co.za  for more details and to register

 

More details on all of these events will be posted as soon as they are available.

 

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are now open for our 2017 Australasian Branch Seminar - see 2017 Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

2016 Seminar, Melbourne

Over the coming week we will be uploading a selection of photos, videos, PowerPoint presentations and pdf documents from the 2016 Annual Australasian Branch Training Seminar held at the Langham Melbourne, 18 - 20th April. These files are provided for IAATI members only and must not be copied or reproduced in any form without permission from the Australasian Branch of IAATI or the presenter.

 

Seminar Photos:

To view photographs from the 2016 seminar please follow this link: https://www.flickr.com/gp/142405944@N04/vu5hC0

 

Presentations:

Todd Blair, IAATI President  -  "International trends and perspectives" (pdf - 17 MB)

Ray Caroll, National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council - "Australian overview"  (PowerPoint - 1 MB)

Mark Borlace, RAA of SA - "The next generation vehicles - what they will mean for investigators” (PDF - 2 MB)

Det. Chief Inspector Con Galea, NSW Police - “Strike Force Granite 15” (not available for distribution)​

Matthew Falck, Suncorp Insurance - "Case Study - The insurance Investigation" (not available for distribution)​

Sgt Scott Harris, Victoria Police - “Vehicle Crime: Locating, recording and interpreting forensic evidence” (not available for distribution)​ 

Det Sgt Matthew Treston, NSW Police - “Strike Force Coted”  (not available for distribution)​

John Rusted, CN Launch - “CrashCube”  (PDF - 4 MB)

Jason Hindmarsh, Queensland Police - “Operation Breakdown" (PDF - 2 MB)

John Price, Financial Ombudsman Service -  ""Investigators—independent or guns for hire?"  (Powerpoint - 3 MB)

Stephen Tully, MVA Investigations   (not available for distribution)

Brett Peppler, Suncorp Insurance - “Dealing with Organisation in Financial Crime” (PowerPoint  - 1 MB)

Keith Schmidt, Queensland Inspection Services - “Written Off vehicle Inspections in Queensland—Current trends and issues”  (PowerPoint - 8 MB)

Linda Rasmussen, Dept. of Infrastructure & Regional Development - “The importation approval processes for second hand vehicles”  (PowerPoint - 3 MB)

Angelo Calafati, Australian Border Force - “An overview of the Importation and exportation processes and procedures for motor vehicles in Australia”

Det. Superintendent Peter De Santo, Victoria Police - “Motor vehicle theft in Victoria"  (not available for distribution)

Doron Akerstein, Australian Federal Police - "Digital Forensics - Vehicle telematics and infotainment systems"  (not available for distribution)

Det Senior Sgt. Mick Ritchie, Victoria Police - “The Lorimer Task Force”  (not available for distribution)

Chris Stott, DataDot Technology - “Automotive Parts Marking & Authentication”  (PDF - 3 MB)

Simon Jones & Brian Portz, Victoria Police Forensic Sciences Department - “Forensic Vehicle Examinations”  (not available for distribution)
 

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Scoop.it - Our E-Mag

Our E-mag uses the scoop.it platform to collate the latest vehicle crime related news items around the world.  This E-Mag is completely free and doesn't require any software, other than your regular internet browser. It is usually updated multiple times per week.

To access the latest new items in our E-mag simply visit: www.scoop.it/t/iaati-australasian-branch

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Current Member Contact Details

One of the strengths of the IAATI organisation is that it facilitates communication among members worldwide so assistance and advice can be obtained. Current members can view the contact details of members who consent to have their details published.

 

To view a list of current Australasin Branch members please click the following link:
Australasian Branch Member List

 

Contact details of International members of IAATI can be obtained using the Member Search tool on the IAATI International website www.iaati.org   Note: the Member Search tool is only accessible once you have logged onto the International IAATI website using your International username and password.  Your International username and password can be requested from the home page of the IAATI International website.

Auto Theft Today

Auto Theft Today is issued in January, March, May July, Sept, and November each year.

Formerly called E-News, Auto Theft Today provides regular updates of the latest vehicle theft news items from around the world as well as details of the latest training and educational material available for members.  In March 2015 Auto Theft Today was transformed with a new design and layout. Previous copies of the old format Auto Theft Today and E-News can be downloaded via the File Library on the International website (www.iaati.org) 

 

Below are links to electronic copies of recent issues of Auto Theft Today:

2015 Seminar, Perth

Below are a selection of photos, videos, PowerPoint presentations and pdf documents from the 2015 Annual Australasian Branch Training Seminar held at the Crown Perth, 22 - 25th March. These files are provided for IAATI members only and must not be copied or reproduced in any form without permission from the Australasian Branch of IAATI or the presenter.

 

Seminar Photos - (pdf 13MB)

 

Opening Ceremony - Jeremy Garlett, Aboriginal Elder  (video 7m 14 s)

 

The Honourable Wayne Martin AC, Chief Justice of Western Australia - "Gone in 60 Seconds" but a life-time in the making - Auto Theft and the Causes of Crime" (video 29m 31s)

    - Presentation (453 KB)

    - Paper (95 KB)

 

Detective First Class Constable Mike Palmer, Western Australia Police - "Operation Roundup" 

 

Ray Carroll, Executive Director, NMVTRC  -  "Car Theft in Australia"  (video - 48 minutes)

    - Presentation (787 KB)

 

David West, Intelligence Manager, Property Crime Squad, New South Wales Police - "Strategic use of CARS data in tackling vehicle crime"  (not available)

 

Kelly Greenhill, Suncorp Insurance - Staged Motor Theft - A case study"  (not available)

 

Steve Hebble, Visual Analysis

    - Presentation (4.98 MB)

 

Sergeant Clayton Bennie APM, Sergeant in Charge of Forensic Explosions & Bomb Scene Examination, Western Australia Police - “Vehicle bombing homicide of retired Police Commander Don Hancock and Lawrence Lewis’”  (not available)

 

Oscar Perischitti, Above & Beyond Training - “Investigative Interviewing”  (not available)

 

Dr Natalie Gately, Edith Cowan University - “Grand theft auto: A new take on an old game? Owner’s reports of vehicle related thefts” (video 26m 41s)

    - Presentation (2.1 MB)

 

Dr Rick Brown, Deputy Director, Australian Institute of Criminology - “Crime prevention design in the Australian vehicle registration system” (video 26m 3 s)

    - Presentation (535 KB)

 

Chris Loane, Vendor Management Australia - “Factors contributing to Motor Vehicle Insurance Fraud in Australia in 2015” (not available)

 

Heidi Jordan , National Insurance Crime Bureau (USA) - “U.S. Emerging Trends”              

    - presentation (4.4 MB)  

 

Det. Senior Constable Luke Simpson, New South Wales Police - “Strike Force OHALLORAN Case Study”  (not available)

                         

Brian Tisdale, BTS Investigators, Forensics & Security Consultants - “Forensic Locksmithing & Lock Picking”

    - Presentation (1.15 MB)

                  

Detective Senior Constable Brett Florence, Victoria Police - “Task Force Discover”

    - Report (4 MB)                             

 

Det Sergeant John Pinney, Victoria Police - “Operation Neoplastic” (not available)

                          

Nigel Carson, KordaMentha - “Meta-data forensics” (not available)

 

Det. Senior Constable Cathy Horton, Queensland Police - “Operation Kilo Zurich”  (not available)

                          

Laurie Ratz, Insurance Fraud Bureau of Australia - “Insurance Fraud – Combating Organised & Professional Insurance Fraud” (not available)

                      

Trevor Darge, Partner, SRB Legal - “Now Prove It!”

    - Presentation (581 KB)         

    - Paper (51 KB)       

        

Brevet Sergeant Stephen Tully, South Australia Police - “Police Forensics”  (not available)

                         

Workshop 1: Vehicle Identification – Steve Tully, SAPOL & Des Lawry Dept of Transport, WA  (not available)

 

Workshop 2: Vehicle Fires – Mark Pollard, F.I.R.E.S. Pty Ltd;  Jim Manser, Manser Fire and Marine; and Maurie Tong, QED Investigations  (not available)

 

Workshop 3: CDR data downloading and data recovery – Warren Stevenson, Precision Auto Care  (not available)

 

Workshop 4: The investigation of crashes using electronic data – Bob Davey, Accident Investigator

    - Presentation (1.89 MB)

    - Holden Commodore notes (2.2 MB)

    - Toyota 86 notes (5.87 MB)

    - Toyota Camry notes (6.1 MB)

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IAATI

IAATI consists of five US based chapters and five international branches including the Australasian Branch. Each Branch and Chapter has its own website and in addition IAATI International has a separate website that provides a number of features for all members including :

  • International Member Search
  • File Library
  • Web Forums
  • Tools to change your International website password or contact details
  • Seminar Information
  • Evidence Locker - your IAATI merchandise shop
  • International Awards Programme and more

Visit any of these websites by clicking on the links below:

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Video Clips and Tools for Investigators


Finding a vehicle's OBD connector

Posted 4/11/2014

Are you inspecting a unsual vehicle from overseas and don't know whereto find its OBD or Data Link Connector (DLC)? Try visiting this site and use their DLC Locator tool  http://www.innova.com/en-US/Dlc


Finding a vehicle's compliance plate, build date, engine number or paint code

Posted 1/112014

Do you ever inspect a vehicle and can’t find the location of its compliance plate, build date, engine number or paint code?  Then the IAG Research Centre may be able to help with their free Vehicle Identification Database (VID). The IAG VID contains a list of locations for compliance plates, manufacturer plates, build plates, VIN plates, engine number locations and paint details for the most popular vehicles sold in Australia.

To access visit IAG’s VID visit: https://www.iagresearch.com.au/vid/


BMW Security loophole leads to rise in car thefts

Poster 12/09/2012

4 News reports on a rise in BMW thefts.  The article includes a video clips showing offenders stealing a BMW and ....Click here to view the video


BMW: Open to car theft?

Posted 12/09/2012

Watch the BBC news report about BMW thefts ...  Click here to view the video


Auto Theft Training in the 1950's

This video appears to have been made in the 1950's It was put together by The National Automobile Theft Bureau and The Texas Department of Public Safety. Check out USA auto theft training in the 50's.

Click here to view the video


1936 Chevrolet Assembly Line

This is really awesome footage. A 1936 Chevrolet assembly factory. Check out the video and see the automation that was already in place, the workers lack of any and all modern safety equipment, glasses and helmets, and they all know exactly what to do and its getting done. See the body come together with the chassis that it is in full trim, interior, windshield, all glass etc., is already in place as it is dropped onto the awaiting rolling chassis, "Amazing". Simplicity at its best.

Look for the workers assembling the chassis. How would you like the repetitious job of placing 3 rivets in the 3 holes on the chassis assembly line?

Click here to view the video


International News

This page contains news articles from around the globe.   Australasian Branch members can keep up to date on auto theft and auto crime news articles in this area of the web site.


UK - 'Watchdog' Programme To Reveal Car Thieves' Trade Secrets

Posted - 31/10/2014

The BBC is about to broadcast a controversial episode of its consumer protection programme 'Watchdog', in which it explains exactly how to steal premium model cars. Car manufacturers are furious that the high level of theft of luxury cars is presented as a security flaw on their part, claiming instead that the problem is a lawmaking issue.  To read more visit: http://www.raccars.co.uk/news/article/2999/watchdog-programme-to-reveal-car-thieves-trade-secrets


US - NICB Releases 2013 Heavy Equipment Theft Report

Posted 29/10/2014

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released a report on heavy equipment thefts in 2013. This report, co-produced with the National Equipment Register, examines heavy equipment theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center and profiles that data according to theft state, theft city, theft month, equipment manufacturer, equipment style (type) and year of manufacture. To read more visit: https://www.nicb.org/File%20Library/Public%20Affairs/NICB2013HE.pdf


US - Over 40% Of You Are Worried About Your Car Being Stolen Right Now

Posted - 28/10/2014

A recent Gallup Poll in the US has revealed that 40% of people are worried about the car being stolen.  To read more visit: http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1095159_over-40-of-you-are-worried-about-your-car-being-stolen-right-now


Europe - Balkan police co-operation reduces organised car theft

Posted 27/10/2014

Miki Trajkovski reports that "Efforts by the authorities as well as the end of duty tariffs on car imports have had an impact. Increased police co-operation in the Balkans has put significant pressure on organised crime and caused a decrease in car theft throughout the region, officials said. "Improving police co-operation translates into a more effective fight against grand auto theft as well as related organised crime," said Zoran Dragisic, a professor at the Security Faculty in Belgrade ...  Click here to read more 


UK - Gone in from Britain 60 minutes

Posted - 21/10/2014

Chris  Greenwood from the MailonLine reports how criminal gangs are stealing prestige vehicles from wealthy homes and exporting them within an hour. Click here to read more 


China/US - Pair accused of fraud in NJ luxury car scheme

Posted - 8/06/2014

A man and woman from Camden County have been indicted for their alleged roles in an insurance fraud scheme in which luxury SUVs reported stolen were actually shipped to China, authorities said ... Click here to read more


UK - Family who exported stolen plant machinery to UAE are jailed

Posted - 8/06/2014

A 79-year-old-man at the heart of a family racket in exporting stolen plant machinery to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has today, Friday 6 June, become the final member of the group to be jailed ... Click here to read more


UK - Insurers Expose £1.3bn In Fraudulent Claims

Posted - 30/05/2013

A record £1.3bn worth of fraudulent insurance claims were uncovered last year as the industry continues to crack down on cheats ... Click here to read more


Insurance fraud highest for cars

Posted - 22/06/2013

A 2013 report from the NICB details insurance fraud on the rise with questionable car claims ... Click here to read more


$5 Million European Car Theft Ring Dismantled

Posted - 13/06/2013

Authorities in European countries dismantled a transnational organized crime group responsible for 300 high-end car thefts ... Click here to read more


Fears Licence plate recognition targets poor

Posted - 30/05/2013

Read the New Zealand news article about the new hi-tect licence plate recognition system is copping flack from welfare groups who claim it could have a negative impact on the poor, ... Click here to read more


Robocop Car in the UK

Posted - 25/05/2013

High-tech 'Robocop' car in the UK uses face-recognition cameras to identify known criminals, ... Click here to read more


The cars most likely to be stolen

Posted - 07/03/2013

Read the news article about the most likely car to be stolen in New Zealand, ... Click here to read more


Court acquits 'godfather' of car theft syndicates

Posted - 29/11/2012

News article from the Philippines about an accused being acquited in a Quezon City Regional Court who was charged with .... Click here to read more


Insurance Scams - The 12 dumbest of the decade

Posted - 13/07/2012

Business Insider list the 12 dumbest insurance scams of the past decade which includes a reported vehicle theft.  An informative read ... Click here to read more


Staged accidents in Tampa

Posted - 27/01/2012

Read the CBS article and view the video on staged accidents. A staged accident caught on video .... Click here to read more


Singapore car-theft syndicate busted by Police

Read The New Paper's report on a Singapore car-theft syndicate and their ruse ... Click here to read more


'Crash for Cash' - 93 staged accidents

Posted - 22 October 2009

Read and view the video reported by the Daily Mail.  Police estimate that Mohammed Patel is responsible for staged accidents estimated to cost £12million ... Click here to read more

Local News

This page contains news articles from Australia and New Zealand.  Australasian Branch member can keep up to date on auto theft and auto crime news in this area of the website.


Proof-of-Concept: Written-off Vehicle Data Consolidator Service for Auto Recyclers

Posted - 1/11/2014

This paper reports on a pilot (Proof-of-Concept) project providing electronic data consolidation of Written-off Vehicle Notifications (WoVN) undertaken on behalf of the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC).

To read the full report visit: http://www.carsafe.com.au/images/stories/pdfs/2014_reports/ISBN_Version.pdf


Car security begins at home

Posted - 26/10/2014

4Across Australia, thieves are increasingly breaking into homes to steal the keys of ‘secure’ vehicles. Last year 70 per cent of late model cars were stolen with the keys, and 50% of thefts occurred at residence. Some offenders are even entering occupied premises through unlocked doors and windows.  The NMVTRC has launched a new campaign focussing on this fact and encouraging owners to secure their car keys even when at home.  

The campaign features a series of three commercials based on famous scenes from three famous movies - Raiders of the Lost Ark, Entrapment and Mission Impossible. They have also released a new tool whereby owners can look up the theft profile of their locality.  For more details visit:  http://www.carsecuritybeginsathome.com.au/ 


Less than half of Western Australians leave their car keys in a safe spot

Posted 21/10/2014

Bill Hickey from PerthNow reports that "most West Australians leave their car keys in plain sight, making theft more likely. More than half of West Australians leave their car keys in plain sight — putting them at greater risk of having their house burgled. A survey of 429 people by Edith Cowan University found one quarter admitted to leaving their car keys on the kitchen bench...."  Click here to read more


2013/14 Vehicle Theft Statistics released

Posted 4/10/2014

The NMVTRC's latest statistics from the CARS database reveal motor vehicle thefts declined a further 9% across Australia in 2013/14 compared to 2012/13. This result demonstrates the continued operational and policy focus on this problem is having a strong impact. The 2013/14 financial year reduction included a 9% decline in short term thefts and a 1% increase in profit motivated thefts.

To access more statistics visit the CARS Dashboard at http://ncars.on.net/dashboard.aspx#tab1   

Alternatively members can read the NMVTRC's latest issue of Theft Watch at: http://carsafe.com.au/images/stories/pdfs/Theft_Watch/Theft_Watch_52_October_2014.pdf 


Victorian Inter Agency Task Force Report

Posted 3/10/2014

The NMVTRC has released a report on the Victoria Police-led Inter-agency Task Force (ITF) into regulatory compliance within the auto recycling and scrap metal sector. The report indicates a staggering record of non-compliance across the regulatory spectrum from failing to maintain basic provenance records to serious work safety and environmental hazards.  http://www.carsafe.com.au/stakeholders-a-partners/publications/modernising-regulatory-regimes


10 Vehicle Theft Facts

Posted 1/10/2014

The NMVTRC has released a series of infographic posters. View them at: www.ncars.on.net/publications.html


Recovered, but in what condition?

Posted 28/07/2014

NMVTRC analysis of short term thefts in Tasmania reveals seven in ten recovered vehicles have some form of damage and/or parts missing.

66% were recovered either damaged or burnt (both 33 percent) and 7% were recovered with parts missing (with or without other damage).

To read more: http://www.carsafe.com.au/images/stories/pdfs/Theft_Matters/Theft_Matters1_July_2014_-_Recovered_but_in_what_condition.pdf


Car test drive theft alert

Posted - 18/07/2014

RACQ Insurance today urged vehicle owners to be aware of cunning car thieves posing as potential buyers and to check the identity of any person responding to privately advertised vehicles for sale. ..Click here to read more  


Recovered, but in what condition?  (NMVTRC Theft Matters, July 2014)

Posted - 11/07/2014

The NMVTRC have taken a close look at the recovery condition of short term thefts in Tasmania and found that seven in ten recovered vehicles had some form of damage or missing parts ..Click here to read more  


Wellington 'chop shop' busted 

Posted - 10/07/2014

Police have arrested six young men in relation to car-theft activities after an alleged "chop shop" was found in a Wellington suburb. ..Click here to read more


Queensland continues to snub car theft program​ 

Posted - 07/072014

Queensland is set to reject a request from the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC) to resume funding the body, insuranceNEWS.com.au can reveal ..Click here to read more


Australian couple ordered to repay $108,000 for selling fake Ford Falcon XW GT

Posted - 12/06/2014

Read this article about a Queensland couple ..Click here to read more


Vehicle Theft Infographic

Posted - 05/05/2014

NMVTRC and CARS have released a series of infographics posters relating to vehicle theft. ..Click here to read more


Motor Vehicle Theft and Socio-Economic Status in Australia

Posted - 28 /02/2014

The NMVTRC's  CARS latest reserach shows the most socio-economically disadvantaged areas had a PLC theft rate per 1,000 registrations 3.8 times higher than the least disadvantaged areas. ..Click here to read more


High performance cars 'go' faster

Posted - 31/01/2014

The NMVTRC's latest Theft Matters shows that high performance cars are stolen 2.5 times more frequently than standard performance vehicles. ..Click here to read more


Car thieves have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year

Posted - 18 /03/2013

Your vehicle is a little safer on Christmas Day as many motor vehicle thieves appear to take the day off and celebrate with their family and friends. However don’t be become complacent, as they quickly return to work. ..Click here to read more


Arson related vehicle thefts in NSW and SA

Posted - 18 /03/2013

Arson of stolen vehicles is largely associated with insurance fraud, the destruction of forensic evidence, and for fun/thrill seeking. It adds substantially to the overall cost of motor vehicle theft to the community. This report profiles arson incidents involving stolen vehicles in both New South Wales (NSW) and South Australia (SA), as they both have reliable data regarding the condition of recovered vehicles...Click here to read more


5500 cars targeted last year

Posted - 02/03/2013 

Read the vehicle theft statistics from the Wellington region of New Zealand ..Click here to read more  


SGIC review small car repair costs

Posted - 27/01/2013

Read the SGIC'S review on the nine top selling small vehicles in Australia and see how their bumpers performed when involved in a collision... Click here to read more


WA Police set up specialist car theft squad

Posted - 21/12/2012

Western Australia Police report a 70 per cent increase in the number of vehicles stolen since September.  Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan announces specialist unit to tackle vehicle theft ... Click here to read more


Cars stolen for scrap

Posted - 18/12/2012

The Daily Telegraph exposes a Sydney-wide car-scrapping industry, where cars are stolen and stripped down to their component parts before being sold ... Click here to read more


1200 cars and motorcycles stolen from South Australia ...

Posted - 7/11/2012

The National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council reports old cars targeted as fast money .... Click here to read more


Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) urges Queenslanders to take extra care ...

Posted - 29/11/2012

The CMC reports a recent increase in profit-motivated vehicle thefts ...Click here to read more


Victoria Police announce car theft task force

Posted - 30/11/2012

Victoria Police's Commander Jeff Forti announces a car theft task force to combat the rise in vehicle theft ... Click here to read more 


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APB

IAATI produces a magazine called the APB which is distributed internationally every 4 months. The hard copy magazine is sent to all financial members of the association. 

The editors of IAATI newsletters are always looking for content.  If you have any articles, photos or news items please send them to editor@iaatiaus.org

 

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Vehicle Investigator News (VIN)

The Australasian Branch of IAATI produces a newsletter called the 'Vehicle Investigator News' or 'VIN.  Since December 2012 VIN has been produced bi monthly containing branch and member news and links to the the latest vehicle crime related news articles. VIN is emailed to financial members .  If you haven't received VIN please check you member details to ensure we have your correct rmail address.

The editors of IAATI newsletters are always looking for content.  If you have any articles, photos or news items please send them to editor@iaatiaus.org

NOTE: We have temporarily ceased publication of VIN.  In the interim we now include Australaisian Branch news  and local news items in Auto Theft Today which is bi-monthly e-magazine published by our International Association.  To access the latest copies of Auto Theft  Today click here.

Recent editions of VIN can be downloaded below:

IAATI Publications

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VIN Newsletter

The Australasian Branch of IAATI produces a bimonthly electronic newsletter called Vehicle Investigator News or VIN. It contains news concerning automotive theft and fraud as well as providing feedback opportunities to the membership. This effectively provides the non office holding members with input into administrative issues and policy. Financial member of the Australasian Branch Members are emailed a copy of VIN in February, April, June, August, October and December each year. Members can access past issues of VIN by clicking this link.

Scoop_it (E-Mag)

For the latest vehicle crime related news sourced from across the internet and presented in a convienent format visit: www.scoop.it/t/iaati-australasian-branch.  Bookmark this page or subscriibe (free) to have the latest news items send directly to your inbox. This E-Mag is generally updated multiple times per week.

APB Magazine

The International Board of IAATI produces a quarterly magazine called the APB. Hard copies of APB are sent directly to all members of the Association although past issues of APB can be acccessed by clicking this link.

Auto Theft Today 

In addition the International Board of IAATI produce a electronic newsletter called Auto Theft Today (formerly E-News) which is emailed to all members around the world in January, March, May, July, September and November. Past issues of Auto Theft Today can be accessed by clicking this link

International File Library

All financial members of IAATI have access to a range of additional material stored in the File Library on the International website.  This includes:

  • a selection of newsletters from other IAATI Branches and Chapters
  • presentations from training seminars
  • training and reference material
  • copies of the US Investigator Certification Program study materials

The International File Library can be accessed at www.iaati.org/file_library/default.asp   Members need to login to the International website to view it's content.

Publications

Auto Theft Accreditation Program

About IAATI Accreditation

The International Association of Auto Theft Investigators - Australasian Branch is extending the IAATI Accreditation program for IAATI members of the Australasian Branch. Admission to this program as an Accredited Auto Theft Investigator or Specialist demonstrates a high level of commitment to self development and service provision in the specialist arena of auto theft investigation, prevention and reduction.

The accreditation program is available to IAATI members working in the fields of law enforcement such as Investigations, Intelligence, and Forensics; members from the insurance industry such as licensed investigators, Claims Officer or Claims Assessors; members working for Government Authorities and Regulators; and members that are Technical Specialists.

Members who achieve accreditition receive an annual certificate for display at their office and the right to use either if the following graphics on their business stationery while their certification remains current.

 

 

Assessment

The Australasian Branch of IAATI has partnered with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) Maurice J Kerrigan & Associates Pty Ltd as an independent assessment body to review applications against the accreditation program competencies.

 

How to apply

To obtain a copy of the Accreditation Information Kit please click this link: Download the Information Kit Here

 

For more information please email info@iaatiaus.org

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Privacy Policy

1. Your Privacy is important to us.

The Australasian Branch of IAATI (The Branch) has created this Privacy Policy in order to demonstrate its firm commitment to privacy and compliance with the Privacy Amendment Act 2000 The Branch reserves the right to modify this Privacy Policy at any time. If it is changed, the changes will be posted on Branch website so that you are always aware of the sort of information collected, how the information may be used, and under what circumstances it may be disclosed by The Institute.

If at any time IAATI is required by law to release information about you or your organisation, The Branch must cooperate fully.

2. What sort of information does the Australasian Branch of IAATI collect?

The type of information the Branch collects and holds includes (but is not limited to) personal information about:

  • Members’ official and preferred names, titles, private and business address details, telephone and facsimile contact details both private and business, email address;
  • Members’ occupation, employer, skills, areas of practise, details of any branch disciplinary action;
  • Financial details including credit card numbers (re membership, seminar, merchandise payments), financial status of membership and details of Training Seminar attended.

3. How do we collect your personal information

The Branch collects personal information about you in the following ways:

  • When you apply to become a member, register for a Training Seminar, request certain services or products, or otherwise contact or do business with the Institute.
  • Other personal information may be collected telephone calls, faxes, e-mails, letters sent by students, members and other contacts of the branch and from renewal forms.

4. What happens if you do not provide the information?

If you do not provide the personal information required, you may not be able to become a member or you may not be able to receive the information or service you requested by the method you have requested.

5. How we use your personal information

We will use personal information we collect for the primary purpose for which it is collected and for such other secondary purposes that are related to the primary purpose and are reasonably expected, or for which consent has been given. For example, we may use the information you provide us to:

  • Process your membership application, process your membership renewal, update your details and profile information or fulfil an order or request for information.
  • Send you information on relevant IAATI services, training and events.
  • Send your membership renewal, APB magazine, voting papers or other information required under the Charter or By-laws.
  • Communicate with you on any issues relevant to your membership or transactions with the Branch.

We may also use your personal information for purposes related or ancillary to the main reason we collect it, such as:

  • Internal accounting and administration
  • Regulatory reporting and compliance

If at any time you receive material that you do not wish to receive, please see “Correcting and Updating Your Personal Information” below.

6. Who does the Branch disclose personal information to?

The Branch will not sell, rent, trade or otherwise supply to third parties any personal information obtained from you without your consent.

  • The Branch will confirm current and historical membership status of IAATI to members of the public, employers, other professional bodies.
  • The Institute will disclose your name, title, employer, phone number, facsimile or email business to other IAATI members (including members of other IAATI Branches and Chapters). If you do not wish this information to be disclosed please advise the Branch.
  • The Institute will provide only such information as is required to suppliers and business partners to enable a particular service to be fulfilled (eg distribution companies for the mailing of APB, Seminar coordinators, etc.)
  • The Association develops aggregate (i.e. not individual) reports, which incorporate some of the Information. The reports are for use by our business partners or by the Association to review statistics or analyse trends. However, these reports do not include any personally identifiable information.

7. How will the Branch keep your personal information secure?

The Branch protects any personal information that we hold about you from misuse and loss. We protect your privacy by restricting access to your personal information to those authorised office bearers who need it, either to process information or to provide you with services.

Your personal information may be stored in hardcopy documents, as electronic data, or in our software or systems. We maintain security over our paper and electronic data stores and premises.

IAATI will keep your information for as long as it is need to provide you with the products and services that you have requested from us. We will take reasonable steps to destroy or permanently de-identify personal information when we no longer need it.

8. Correcting and updating your personal information.

If we have accurate personal information about you, it enables us to provide you with the best possible service. We take reasonable steps to ensure that your personal information is accurate, complete and up-to-date whenever we collect or use it. If you find that current personal information we hold about you is incorrect, incomplete or out of date please contact us immediately.

The Branch gives you the following options for accessing and modifying personal information previously provided:

  • You may gain access to personal information that the Association has collected about you, by contacting the person named below. We will not charge you for responding to such a request.
  • You can change or update personal information online (www.iaati.org) or you can also advise of changes via telephone, fax, email or letter.
  • Each year members are invited to update their personal information when they renew their membership.

9. Your privacy when visiting the Australasian Branch website

When you visit the website of the Australasian Branch of IAATI (www.iaatiaus.org), we may make a record of your visit and record or log some or all of the following information for statistical purposes:

  • Your server or IP address (the name or number which uniquely identifies the computer through which you are connected to the Internet);
  • The address of the referring site;
  • The date and time of your visit;
  • Your top level domain name (eg .gov., .org., .uk, .au etc.)
  • The address of the pages access and the documents you downloaded;
  • The type of browser that you used.

No attempt will be made yo identify individual users or their browsing activities except, in the unlikely event of an investigation, where a law enforcement agency may exercise a warrant to inspect our Internet Service Provider’s logs. Some web sites use ‘cookies’ to record information about an individual access to a site. This site does not use cookies to gather personal information about users. Your email address will only be recorded if you send us a message. It will only be used for the purpose for which you have provided it and it will not be added to a mailing list, nor disclosed, without your consent.

There are risks associated with the use of the Internet for the transmission of information . If we use electronic forms to collect information, we will provide you with optional alternative means of providing it, such as a mailing address or telephone contact number.

News

2008 Seminar, Sydney (incorporating the 56th International Seminar)

Below are a selection of videos and PowerPoint presentations from the 2008 Annual Australasian Branch Training Seminar. These files are provided for IAATI members only and must not be copied or reproduced in any form without permission from the Australasian Branch of IAATI.

 

  • 2008 Seminar Handbook and Program  (.pdf)

 

  • David Hudson, Assistant Commissioner, NSW Police Force (Australia) - "Official Opening"  

         

 

  • Ray Carroll, Executive Director, NMVTRC  -  "The Business of Vehicle Crime Reduction"   (.ppt)                                                                    
          
 
         
 
         

 

         

 

  • Wayne Stapylton, National Investigations Manager, Allianz Australia Insurance Ltd - "For Whom The Bell Tolls"  (.ppt)  

         

        

  • Geoff Hughes, Director of Strategy and Director Programming, National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council - "The future for insurance write-offs in Australia"  (.ppt)   (.docx)

 

          Part 1

         

          Part 2

         

 

  • Eugen Alexandrescu, Head of International Co-operation Department, Romanian Automotive Register (Romania) - "Authenticity certification of road vehicles in Romania"  (.ppt)
 
  • Eddy Langmair, Coordinator Vehicle Identity Assessment, Department of Transport Energy and Infrastructure (South Australia Government) - "Vehicle identity inspections in South Australia"  (.ppt)

 

  • Mark Sculthorpe, Director, Forensic Accident Investigation & Reconstruction Pty Ltd. (Australia) - "Forensic motor vehicle collision investigation - Staged and fradulent collisions"  (.pdf)

 

  • Christian Smolinski, FARO Technologies - "FARO products for accident and crime scene investigations"  (.pdf)
 
  • Detective Lieutenant Daniel Kaliszak, Jr., Unit Commander, Baltimore County Police Department Regional Auto Theft Task Force (USA) - "Baltimore Regional Auto Theft Team – Comprehensive approach to combating auto theft"  (zip file 1)  (zip file 2)  
         

 

  • Mark Pollard, Director, F.I.R.E.S. (Fire  Investigation Risk & Enquiry Services Pty Ltd) - " Fire, theft or fraud"  (.ppt)
 
  • Detective Superintendent Ken McKay, NSW Police Force  Middle Eastern Organised Crime involved in motor vehicle rebirthing  (presentation is not available)
     
  • Barry Hancock, Director, BR International Ltd (UK) - "A different perspective, anti-thief as well as anti-theft"  (.ppt)
 
  • Sophie Ransom, Senior Research Officer, Comprehensive Auto-Theft Research System (CARS) - "Road crashes involving stolen motor vehhicles in New South Wales and South Australia"  (.pdf)
 
  • Kevin McHugh, Deputy Chief of Police, Braintree Massachusetts Police Department (USA) - "Staged crashes, L.E/Insurance cooperation and technologies to aid in investigations"  (.pdf) 
         

 

  • David Eggers, Inspector, Kane-Cook Auto Theft Task Force, Illinois State Police (USA) - "Eastern European vehicle crime in Chicago"  (zip file)
 
  • Detective Sergeant Kari Aaltio, National Bureau Of Investigation (Finland Police) - "Safety, security and environment design"  (.pdf)  (Word doc)
 
  • Commander Antonio Montanaro, Chief of International Organized Vehicle and Marine Crimes, Italian National Police – N.C.B. – Interpol Rome (Italy) - "International vehicle crime, a European glance" (.pdf)
 
  • Graham Loughlin, Company Secretary, DataDot Technology Ltd - "DataDot vehicle marking – Progress report"  (.ppt)    (report - pdf)
 
  • Dr. Danny Sullivan,  Assistant Clinical Director and Consultant Psychiatrist, Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare) - "The difficult interview – research and recommendations"  (.ppt)
 
  • Lieutenant Colonel Mikel Longman, Chief, Agency Support Division, Arizona Department of Public Safety (USA) - "Assessment & trend analysis of vehicle theft in North America (includes Canada, Mexico & the USA)"  (.ppt)  
         

 

  • Werner Postma, Consultant, Foundation for Tackling Vehicle Crime (Netherlands) - "Microdots in Europe strategy for the introduction of whole of vehicle marking in the European Union"  (.ppt)
 
  • John Schale, Regional Recovery Manager Central United States, Absolute Software Corp. (USA) - "Lojack for Laptops"  (.ppt)
 
  • Marko Magdic, Deputy Director Specialized Unit, International Cooperation and Extradition,Public Prosecutor’s Office of Chile - "Vehicle theft - global crime, partnership strategies to prevent, detect and investigate this crime"  (.pdf)   
         

 

  • Vincent Wong, Manager, NEVDIS Austroads - "National Exchange of Vehicle and Driver Information System (NEVDIS)"  (.pdf)
 
  • Mark Cheater, Owner, Phantom Ltd (UK) - "Fighting crime through co-operation"  (zip file)  

         

  • Rob Whitfield and Barry Ward, President, Mastergard Enterprises Inc., Founder Ward’s Auto Security Inc. - "Auto theft prevention – another immobilizer success story!"  (.pdf)
 
  • Peter Brown, Manager, Capability Development Team, CrimTrac Agency - "National vehicles of interest database and improved information exchange for law enforcementagencies"  (zip file)
 
  • Gerhard Genis, Head of Incident Management, Santam Ltd (South Africa) - " The relationship between an agreed cooperative strategy and success"   (.pdf)  
         

 

  • Jakes van Zyl and Tinus Odendal, Detective Senior Superintendent and Head International Vehicle Crime Investigation, South Africa Police Service - "South African vehicle crime overview and strategic partnerships"  (.pdf)
 
  • Gerry Bashford, Managing Director, VINSPECT & Forensic Vehicle Inspections - "Vehicle identity inspections"  (.ppt)
 
  • Detective Lieutenant Daniel Kaliszak, Jr., Unit Commander, Baltimore County Police Department Regional Auto Theft Task Force (USA) - "Developing a cooperative strategy between law enforcement and insurance"  (zip file)  
         

 

  • Detective Senior Constable Jon Clarke, NSW Marine Investigative Group, NSW Marine Area Command, NSW Police Force - "Organised vessel theft/ rebirthing on the East Coast of Australia"  (.pdf)
 
  • Detective Sergeant Peter Ziser, Queensland Police - "Muscle car theft"  (.pdf)
 
  • Keith Pitts, Vice President of Business Development, Worldscout Corporation (USA) - "Utilizing GPS satellite and cellular technologies for vehicle theft detection and recovery"  (presentation not available for release)
 
  • Peter Hardham, Panel Chair, Insurance Ombudsman Service - "Emerging issues for  investigators"  (.pdf)  
         

 

  • Detective Inspector David Gawel, Counter Terrorism Command, NSW Police Force - "Indicators of terrorism through property related crime" (presentation not available for release)

 

  • Jivko Jelev, General Manager, KEIT LTD (Bulgaria) - "Encrypted marking with micro-fingerprint against car theft!"  (zip file)
 
  • Samantha Traves, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of  Technology; Insurance Law Consultant, Barry & Nilsson - "Car Theft and the application of the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 (Cth)"  (.ppt)  
         

 

  • Richard Gould, Director, Lockit Systems Pty Ltd - "Changing theft outcomes"  (zip file)
 
  • Detective Sergeant Robert Jagoe, Regional Auto Theft Team, Baltimore City/County Police (USA) - "Operation ‘Steal 4 Steel" (zip file)  
         

 

  • Paul Westwood, Director & Principal Document Examiner, Forensic Document Services Pty Ltd - "Document fraud – The secret life of documents"  (presentation not available for release)
 
  • Detective Superintendent Scott Whyte, Commander, Gangs Squad State Crime Command, NSW Police Force - "Outlaw motor cycle gangs in Australia"  (presentation not available for release)
 
  • Detective Senior Constable Julian Thornton, Motor Vehicle Team, State Crime Command, NSW Police Force - "Strike Force Hindley – A case study"  (presentation not available for release)
 
  • Greg Lary, Pips Technology Inc. (USA) - "Automated license plate recognition – Overview and benefits for public safety"  (zip files)   
         

 

  • Senior Constable Kerryn Mura, School Liaison Police, Southern Region/Wollongong - " Cognitive interviewing"  (.ppt)
 
  • Detective Sergeant John Pinney, Organised Motor Vehicle Theft Squad, Victoria Police - "Operation Lictor and Kerbs"  (presentation not available for release)
 
  • D.J. Thompson, Law Enforcement Director, LoJack Corporation (USA) - "Stolen vehicle recovery network"  (.ppt)   
         

 

  • Greg McQuaid, National Sales Manager, MotorWeb Services Australia Pty Ltd  - "Levelling the playing field for motor insurers: Real-time access to AUSTROADS-NEVDIS information on all registered vehicles in Australia"  (.ppt McQauid) 
 
  • Detective Senior Constable Brett Florence, Organised Motor Vehicle Theft  Squad, Victoria Police - "Parts theft"  (.ppt)

 

  • Sgt. Henry Brune Jr., Motor Vehicle Theft Service, Texas Department of Public Safety (USA) - "Construction equipment identification" (Zip file)
         

 

  • Lt. Tommy Hansen, Assistant Commander Criminal Investigation Division, Galveston  County Sheriff’s Office (USA) - " Street racing & fraud"  (Zip file)
 
  • Det Sen. Const. Matthew Treston, Property Crime Squad, NSW Police Force - "Strike Force Shiprock – Organised stolen motor vehicle re-birthing" (presentation not available for release)
 
  • Robert McDonald, Head of Industry Research, Insurance Australia Group - "Car anti-theft an insurance perspective"  (presentation not available for release)
 
  • Det. Sgt. Robert Jagoe, Regional Auto Theft Team, Baltimore City/County Police (USA) - " International vehicle theft trends intelligence report"  (Zip file)
 
  • Lieutenant Colonel Mikel Longman, Chief, Agency Support Division, Arizona Department of Public Safety (USA) - "Vehicle theft & the facilitation of major criminal activity"  (Zip file)
 
  • Tim Purbrick, Manager, The National Plant & Equipment Register (TER) - "Heavy plant and equipment theft – a partnership approach to a dynamic, international crime"  (presentation not available for release)
 
  • Dr. Edward Ogden, Director & Principal Consultant, Forensic Medical Consultants - " Cannabis and driving impairment: What does it mean when THC (cannabis) is detected in the blood?"  (.ppt)           
         

 

  • Detective Inspector  Mark Hooper, Intelligence Manager, Association of Chief Police Officers Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service - "Vehicle Enabled Crime The UK Perspective"  (presentation not available for release)
 
  • John Reid, Chief Executive Officer, Construction & Mining Equipment Industry Group - "Construction equipment theft"  (.pdf)
 
  • Michael Burton, Managing Director, SHARPS (A Division of BW Group of Companies) - "Bad habits of car thieves... and the human cost"  (.ppt)         
         

 

  • Det. Sen. Const. Brett Florence, Organised Motor Vehicle Theft Squad, Victoria Police - "Operation Confounded"  (presentation not available for release)
 
  • David Padula, Director, iDENTiTEK Systems Pty Ltd, Victoria - "Genugraphic tm IV secure identification labels – bringing change to vehicle identification in Australia"  (.pdf) 
         

 

  • Les Fuller. Owner, Maxim Forensic Locksmith Services - "Vehicle insurance fraud – The over-achiever"   (.pdf)
 
  • Lt. Tommy Hansen, Assistant Commander Criminal Investigation Division, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office (USA) - "Management of undercover operations"  (Zip file)

 

  • Laura Jones, Senior Account Manager, Schreiner ProTech (USA) - "Co-opting private security technology to fill needs for improved forensic vehicle anti theft identification in a market of declining OEM security and declining governmental requirements"  (presentation not available for release)
 
  • Dr. Edward Ogden, Director & Principal Consultant, Forensic Medical Consultants - "Low blood alcohol concentrations and impairment: what matters?"  (.ppt)
 
  • Detective Senior Constable John Lal, Organised Motor Vehicle Theft Squad, Victoria Police - "Operation Venice"   (presentation not available for release)
 
  • David Napper, Senior Trust and Safety Specialist, eBay - "Introduction to eBay"  (presentation is not available)
 
  • Brian Salata, Prosecuting Attorney, Pinal County, Wharton & Salata (USA) - "Vertical prosecution, an international prospective"   (Zip file)        
         

 

  • Detective Senior Constable Andrew Jackson, Organised Motor Vehicle Theft Squad, Victoria Police - "Theft of motorcycles"  (presentation is not available)
 
  • Avril Davis and Andrew Verdouw, Project Manager, U-turn,Queensland Police Service, Project Manager, U-turn, Mission Australia - "U-Turn – An offender based program"  (zip file)
 
  • Paul Angus, Partner and General insurance practice head, TurksLegal - "Sustaining a denial for fraud – What evidence do I need?" (.ppt)  
         

 

  • Sergeant Ian Gunthorpe - '"Fundamentals of vehicle  identification examination"  (presentation not available for release)

2009 Seminar, Auckland

Below are copies of selected presentations from the 2009 Annual Australasian Branch Training Seminar. These files are provided for IAATI members only and must not be copied or reproduced in any form without permission from the Australasian Branch of IAATI.

2010 Seminar, Brisbane

Below are copies of selected presentations from the 2010 Annual Australasian Branch Training Seminar. These files are provided for IAATI members only and must not be copied or reproduced in any form without permission from the Australasian Branch of IAATI.

2011 Seminar, Melbourne

Below are copies of selected presentations from the 2012 Annual Australasian Branch Training Seminar. These files are provided for IAATI members only and must not be copied or reproduced in any form without permission from the Australasian Branch of IAATI.

 

  • Ray Carroll, Executive Director, National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council  -  “The Potential Impact of the NSW Written-off Vehicle Legislation”  (pdf 993 KB)

 

  • Det. Christopher McDonold, International President, IAATI and Baltimore County Police Department, Maryland (USA) - "International Vehicle Theft Intelligence Report 2011".  (pdf 10 MB)

 

  • Chris Stott, Executive Director, DataDot Technology Asia  -  “Whole-Whole-Of-Vehicle-Marking Gathers Pace”.  (pdf 190 KB)

 

  • Chris Loane, Suncorp Insurance - “Motor Insurance Investigations & Case Study”  (Not available)

 

  • Philip O’Keeffe, 1300Record.com.au - “Investigate using Voice Recording in the future ”  (Not available)

 

  • Laurie Ratz, Special Risks Manager, Risk and Disasters, Insurance Council of Australia  -  "Insurance Fraud"  (pdf 562 KB)

 

  • Geoff Hughes, Director Strategy and Programming, National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council  -  "New Damage Assessment Criteria for Written-off Vehicles". (pdf 792 KB)​

 

  • Ishara Udawela, Visual Analysis - “Using i2 solutions for the capture, management and analysis of vehicle theft information”  (Not available)

 

  • Greg McQuaid, Motorweb - “The Insurance markets’ secret weapon: Results from Austroads’ pilot of real-time NEVDIS vehicle information.”  (Not available)
 
  • Seamus Byrne, Lion Forensic - “Introduction to Digital Evidence”  (Not available)
 
  • Brett Florence, Victoria Police - “Interactive discussion about the complications of investigations and their solutions”  (Not available)

 

  • Mark Grulke, M G Automotive Forensics - “Collision Profile Analysis – A case study”  (Not available)
 
  • Ross Morson and Murray Fawcett, Suncorp Insurance - “Insurance Case Study – Hail damage or fraud”  (Not available)
 
  • Dr Andrew Hedges, LKA Group - “Investigative interviewing and Priming ”  (Not available)
 
  • Robert Ishak, William Roberts Lawyers - “Litigation and Insurance Fraud” (pdf 98 KB)
 
  • Brett Forward,  Forensic Locksmith - “Forensic Locksmithing” (Not available)
 
  • John Price, Financial Ombudsman Service - “Fraud or Theft” a case study of the facts relevant to the Ombudsman’s decision  (pdf 302 KB) and (Word attachment)
 
  • Det. Sen. Const. Daniel Buhs, New South Wales Police - “Strike Force Burindi – A Case Study”  (Not available)
 
  • Det. Sgt Robert Pama, Victoria Police - “Operation Riversweep”  (Not available)
 
  • Det. Sgt. Naomi Cornish, Queensland Police - “Internet search tools for investigations and enhancing investigative practises and procedures”  (Not available)
 
  • Det. Sgt. Peter Ziser, Queensland Police - “Marine Theft”  (Not available)

2012 Seminar, Sydney

Below are copies of selected presentations from the 2012 Annual Australasian Branch Training Seminar. These files are provided for IAATI members only and must not be copied or reproduced in any form without permission from the Australasian Branch of IAATI.

 

  • Heidi Jordan, Senior Special Agent, National Insurance Crime Bureau (USA)  -  “The Fast and Fraudulent. The NICB Approach to Fighting Vehicle Theft and Fraud”. (pdf 732 KB)

  • Ray Carroll, Executive Director, National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council  -  “A War of Attrition – Who will prevail in the fight against car theft?”  (pdf 299 KB) 

 

  • Ritchie Bloomfield, DataDot Technology (Australia) Pty Ltd  - “DataDot assisting with theft preventing globally”.  (pdf 2 MB)

  • Robert Ishak, Solicitor Director, William Roberts Lawyers  -  “Latest Cases on Fraud and Indemnity”.  (pdf 299 KB)

  • Graham Bath, Database Manager, Comprehensive Auto-theft Research Systems (CARS)  -  “A New Tool For Analysing Theft Data”.  (pdf 683 KB)

  • Greg McQuaid, MotorWeb  -  “Instant National Vehicle Theft Data now live”. (pdf 541 KB)

2013 Seminar, Gold Coast

Below are copies of selected presentations from the 2013 Annual Australasian Branch Training Seminar. These files are provided for IAATI members only and must not be copied or reproduced in any form without permission from the Australasian Branch of IAATI.

 

           

 
           
 

           

 
  • Frank Sztuk, Co-chair Coaliation Against Insurance Fraud & National SIU Strategist, The Hanover Insurance Group (USA)  -  "Insurance Fraud in the USA - The Problem, The People and the Solutions".  (pdf 7 MB)

 

  • David Picking, Technical Director - Motor, Crawford & Company (Asia Pacific) Management Services, Singapore  -  "Challenges Insurers in Asia are Facing on Fraud".  (pdf 191 KB)
           
 
 
  • Mr Chris Loane, Manager Motor Investigations GI, Suncorp Group - "Insurance trends and cases studies”  (Not available)

 

  • Steve Clark, Global Product Manager (Insurance Fraud Solutions), BAE Systems Detica NetReveal   -  "Data and Intelligence sharing in the Insurance Industry - trageting the organised fraudsters".  (pdf 1 MB)

 

  • Anthony McLean, Managing Director, Social Influence Consulting Group - “The Interview Myth—The Science of Getting Information from Others”  (Not available)

 

  • Tia Orton, Delta-V Experts  -  'Assessment of Fraudlent Hail Damage". (pdf 4 MB)

 

  • Tia Orton, Delta-V Experts  -  "Staged Collision Claims'.  (pdf 12 MB)

 

  • Rick Brown, Deputy Director (Research) Australian Institute of Criminology  -  "International Trafficking in Stolen Vehicles: Understanding the Australian Content".   (pdf 1 MB) or (PowerPoint with audio)
           
 
 
  • Matt Hansford, General Manager Business Development, Intelematics Australia  -  "The next generation of Connected Vehicles".  (pdf xx MB)  or (PowerPoint with audio 73 MB)

 

  • Nici Andronicus, Business Manager, DataDot Technology - "Making Microdots Mammoth."  (pdf 5 MB)
           

 

  • Det. Senior Constable Matt Taylor, Property Crime Squad, New South Wales Police - “Strike Force Adderton ”  (Not available)

 

  • Det. Sgt. Naomi Cornish, Organised Crime Investigation Unit, Queensland Police - “Project Gypsy and Caravanning Queensland – a winning partnership ”  (Not available)

  • Det. Superintendent Brian Hay, Fraud & Corporate Crime Group, Queensland Police - “The Rise and Rise of Cyber Crime—If you’re connected to a computer you’re already compromised”  (Not available)

 

  • Craig Foster, Regional Security Director– Asia Pacific, Caterpillar Inc. (Singapore) - “Caterpillar Heavy Equipment Theft Awareness Program”  (pdf 5 MB)
           
 
 
  • Det. Sgt. Bruce Lin, New South Wales Police - “Strategies & practices to investigate & suppress motor vehicle theft - Canada & the United States, April-May 2012”  (Not available)

 

  • Bill Hyslop, Senior Engineer, NZ Transport  Agency  -  "The impact of changes to Australia's Statutory Write-Offs on New Zealand".   (pdf 2 MB)

 

  • Sgt. Brad Bardell, Queensland Police - "Scientific examination of re-identified boats, machinery, cars and trucks in South East Queensland”  (Not available)
 
  • Mr Nick Gianoudis, Managing Director, NKG Management Services - “Private Sector Investigation - Current and Future Landscape”  (pdf 373 KB)
 

2014 Seminar, Sydney

Below are a selection of videos and PowerPoint presentations from the 2014 Annual Australasian Branch Training Seminar. These files are provided for IAATI members only and must not be copied or reproduced in any form without permission from the Australasian Branch of IAATI.

 

  • Ray Carroll, Executive Director, NMVTRC  -  "The Past, Present and Future of Car Theft in Australia"  (video - 48 minutes)

          

           -  "The Past, Present and Future of Car Theft in Australia"  (pdf 991 KB)

 

  • Ben Kosic, President & CEO CANATICS - "Introduction to CANATICS and Fraud Analtytics" (pdf 1,219 KB)

 

  • David Courtenay, Courtenay & Co Solicitors - "To What Questions Can You Demand an Answer?" (video 36 minutes)

          

           - "To What Questions Can You Demand an Answer?"  (pdf 115 KB)

           - "To What Questions Can You Demand an Answer?"- paper  (.docx 55 KB)

 

  • Jim Manser, J Manser Fire & Marine - "Safely Investigating Vehicle Fires"  (pdf 4,524 KB)

 

  • Tim Myers, KordaMentha Forensics - "Metadata and the Art of Digital Investigation"  (pdf 2,640 KB)

 

  • Dr Hugh McDermott, Charles Sturt University - "CyberCrime - Past and Future Trends" (video 43 minutes)

         

          - "CyberCrime - Past and Future Trends" (pdf 812 KB)

 

  • Nick Mayell, DataTag - "Plant and Equipment Investigations" (video - 105 minutes)

         

 

  • Laurie Ratz, Insurance Council of Australia - "IFBA Fraud Prevention and Detection Database" (video 24 minutes)
          

Past Seminars

To view Powerpoint presentations and videos from selected past Australasian Branch seminars please click on the links below. You will need to login in using your email address and IAATI Australasian Branch password to view the content of these pages.

 

About Our Seminars

The Australasian Branch of IAATI hosts an annual training seminar each year in a capital city in either Australia or New Zealand. Attending an annual training seminar is a membership privilege. All delegates attending an IAATI training seminar are members of the Australasian branch and have demonstrated they have a legitimate interest in interest in vehicle crime investigation, prevention and education.


These seminars provide a unique opportunity to find out more about vehicle crime investigations, intelligence, forensic techniques, current trends, registration initiatives, insurance practices and more. They are of particular interest to:

  • Police – Investigators, Intelligence Analysts and Scientific staff
  • Insurance – Fraud and Investigation staff, Claim and Underwriting Managers
  • Private Investigators
  • Vehicle Registration authorities – Inspectors and policy makers
  • Crime prevention and fraud specialists
  • Academics and Researchers
  • Motor Trades – Policy makers
  • Vehicle Manufacturers
  • Forensic Locksmiths


Financial members of IAATI are also invited to attend seminars and training courses offerred by the other nine IAATI Branch and Chapters around the world and the annual International Conference. More information regarding these seminars and training courses can be obtained from the IAATI International website www.iaati.org or the individual Branch and Chapter websites


In addition to the Annual Training Seminar, the Australasian Branch runs occasional one day seminars to benefit those members who are unable to attend the Annual seminar.

To view details of our upcoming seminar please visit our  Upcoming seminar page

 

Past Seminar Testimonials

Each year the Australasian Branch Committee works tirelessly behind the scenes preparing the seminars for branch members. Staging these annual seminars is a difficult and time consuming task but one that can prove extremely beneficial when they meet the needs and expectations of the delegates.


The branch is extremely appreciative of all feedback provided by attending seminar delegates. To follow are the kind comments from seminar delegates that encourage the committed members of the branch committee to continue staging seminars.


"Advanced topics. Advanced instructors. Excellent. Best"
"Relevant."
"Great variety"
"By far the most advanced program that I have been to. Excellent."
"The most organised conference I’ve seen of either regional or international."
"Well done. Thank you."
"Well organised."
"Very good. Everything ran very smoothly."
"At first I thought the cost was too high, however I understand why/how you arrived at this figure."
"Value for money." (2 comments)
"Many speakers, different agenda but very good."
"The variety of speakers and subjects."
"This has been the best conference I have attended."
"Extremely worthwhile. I will certainly try and attend next year."
"Couldn’t improve it. Perfect!"
"No improvement required."
"Thanks for the BEST ever conference."
"High standard of speakers and well developed program."
"Video and graphics were large, clear and professionally done. This was the most error-free conference that I´ve attended."
"The conference centre was clean, neat and well managed and refreshed every few hours. Excellent learning environment."

 

If you have attended an Australasian Branch seminar and would like to provide feedback about a good experience or how the Australasian Branch Committee could better improve its training seminars, email your comments to seminarfeedback@iaatiaus.org.

2007 Award Winners

2007 Award Recipients

Investigation of the Year – Sponsored by IAG

The winner of the award for 2007 is Strike Force HINDLEY of the Property Crime Squad, State Crime Command, NSW Police.

In early 2005, a Plain Clothes Constable with NSWPOL was given carriage of enquiries into a "theft by fraud" of a hire vehicle.

Early enquiries identified a number of similar offences, and the Constable transferred to the Property Crime Squad as the Office in Charge of the Strike Force that was initiated. A number of vehicles were hired by students at the request of the main target, and paid small amounts for their trouble to hand the vehicles over to the syndicate.

A number of additional (luxury) vehicles were purchased fraudulently using forged cheques. The original cheques were in small amounts (eg. $30) but "washed" by the syndicate for use in amounts up to $60,000.

When concluded in October 2006, the Strike Force had identified a rebirthing syndicate associated with 28 stolen vehicles valued at more than $500,000. Seventeen offenders were arrested and charged.

Outstanding Contribution to the Reduction of Motor Vehicle Theft – Sponsored by IAG
The winner of the award for 2007 is Glenorchy City Council, Tasmania.

Each year, the NMVTRC sponsors a public awareness program known as "Operation Bounce Back". Three years ago, a Council in Tasmania identified vehicle crime as a local issue, and was ranked second worst in the state by incident volume.

In 2004/05, sixty 'at risk' youths attended a seminar to examine the real risks of being involved in vehicle crime. During the seminar, these young people suggested that the best way to get the anti-theft message out to the community would be through TV advertisements.

The Council then set about developing 3 x 30 second anti-vehicle theft advertisements using NMVTRC sponsorship. The advertisements involved a group of young at-risk persons, who assisted in the creative and technical aspects of production. Following the campaign, this Council experienced an 14% decrease in vehicle crime, compared to a 14% increase across Tasmania.

 

DataDot Investigation of the Year - Sponsored by DataDot

The winner of the award for 2007 is the Forensic Response Section, South Australia Police.

In December 2006 in South Australia, 2003 HSV Clubsport was stolen after the driver stopped to assist a man lying injured on the roadway. Three weeks later, patrol officers stopped a van containing 5 males towing a trailer after the group set fire to the rear half of a Commodore sedan.

Tasked with the investigation, the Forensic Response Section of SAPOL recognized that the Commodore was a post-2002 model and so should carry DataDots. Unfortunately, any Dots that may have been affixed were consumed in the fire.

Subsequent searches of property and vehicles owned by the five males, however, revealed a number of DataDotted panels and wheels that had been removed from the 2003 HSV. As a result, the suspect in possession of these items was charged and some $20,000 of components was recovered.

 

Member of the Year - sponsored by IAATI

The Australasian Branch Member of the Year for 2007 was Gerry Bashford of Victoria Police.

Well done Gerry.

2008 Award Winners

2008 Award Winners

Investigation of the Year ­ Sponsored by IAG

The winner of the award for 2008 is Strike Force Olympian, Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad, State Crime Command, NSW Police Force.

Strike Force Olympian was formed in January 2007, as a result of sustained intelligence regarding the vehicle rebirthing activities of a number of members of the Middle Eastern Organised Crime community. Intelligence was received regarding a syndicate that was intimately involved in the wrecking industry, as well as being responsible for organising and executing the theft and clinical stripping of motor vehicles. The syndicate was large, well established and professional, and were stealing vehicles predominantly from the eastern suburbs of Sydney, and dumping the clinically stripped wrecks in the south west of Sydney. The major arrest phase was conducted on 19 July 2007. This arrest phase concluded the "car thief chapter" of the investigation, and alone saw the arrest of 6 offenders the laying of over 50 charges. 18 stolen vehicles were located and seized, and two 40 foot shipping containers were required to store the volume of stolen and suspected stolen vehicle parts seized during the search warrants.

DataDot Investigation of the Year – Sponsored by DataDot

The winner of the award for 2008 is Strike Force Shiprock, Property Crime Squad, Motor Team, State Crime Command, NSW Police Force.

In January 2007 two motor vehicles were stolen from a car yard in Western Sydney. Police received information that these vehicles were at a residential home. An investigation commenced and in February 2007 a search warrant was executed at these premises resulting in the location of parts from one of the stolen motor vehicles. A business inspection was also conducted on a licensed smash repairer and further parts from the same stolen vehicle were recovered.

As a result further associates were identified and a number of investigative strategies commenced resulting in four search warrants being executed in March 2007, on a variety of residential premises. Police located and seized eleven suspected rebirthed motor vehicles, thirteen motor cycles, a jet boat and jet ski together with a large amount of vehicle parts and accessories. Two of the vehicles recovered on were identified ostensibly by ´DataDots´ affixed to the vehicles. One vehicle, a Subaru WRX was determined to be a combination of six motor vehicles with ´DataDots´ used to identify parts from five stolen motor vehicles. The second vehicle identified using ´DataDots´ was a Holden Special Vehicle R8 Marloo utility.

Outstanding Contribution to the Reduction of Motor Vehicle Theft - Sponsored by IAG

The winner of the award for 2008 is Identitek System Pty Ltd.

Identitek Systems Pty Ltd has developed the first secure compliance label that meets the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Councils (NMVTRC) tough technical specifications. Improving the standard of vehicle identification at the point of manufacture is a central element of the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Councils integrated theft reduction strategy.

The Australasian Branch commends Identitek Systems on its innovation and persistence and believes they are a very worthy winner of the 2008 award.

Insurance Industry Investigation of the Year Award – Sponsored by IAATI

The inaugural winner of the Insurance Industry Award is Queensland Private Investigator Mr Jason Ostrofski of Verifact Investigations.

On 3 July 2007, Mr Ostrofski received instructions in relation to a Full Motor Vehicle Theft Investigation that was required to be carried out on behalf of an insurance company. The insured vehicle in this matter was a 2000 Kia Sportage station wagon.

The investigation was conducted with an exceptional level of knowledge, and professionalism. Mr Ostrofski displayed innovative interview techniques, utilized the services of industry professionals and explored all avenues of inquiries including inquiries with external agencies during the investigation which provided an excellent result for the Insurer. The insurance company declined the policy holders claim alleging fraud.

Member of the Year – sponsored by IAATI

The Australasian Branch Member of the Year for 2008 is Detective Terry Campbell of the New South Wales Police Force.

Detective Inspector Terry Campbell was a worthy winner of the 2008 Member of the Year Award having played an active role as a member of the Onsite Organising Committee for the 2008 International Training Seminar. Well done Terry.

2009 Award Winners

2009 Award Recipients

DataDot Investigation of the Year ­ sponsored by DataDot Technology

The Winner of the 2009 DataDot Investigation of the Year award was won by the Taiwan Crime Investigation Bureau. In October 2008, the local county police raided a suspected ´chop shop´, and found over 6000 car parts from almost 1000 cars. The police together with the CIB as part of the investigation carried out a forensic examination of selected parts.

This examination identified microdots bearing the VIN of the original vehicle as ´whole vehicle marking´ introduced by the Taiwan Government in 2005. As a result of this they were able to confirm that many of the parts belonged to stolen cars. The investigation led to 3 arrests and subsequent convictions. The value of the goods seized was over $9,000,000.00 Australian dollars.

The Insurance Investigation of the Year

Winner: Jason Ostrofski ­ Verifact Investigations Pty Ltd

This award recognises individuals working in the insurance industry that are involved in the investigation of auto theft insurance claims. This year´s winner for the second consecutive year is Jason Ostrofski. Jason was nominated for an investigation he conducted in 2008 into a claim for a stolen 2004 Toyota Corolla Hatch. Upon obtaining detailed versions from the policyholders and other relevant witnesses at the time of the allege theft was able to:

Locate witnesses at the recovery scene that provided relevant information to cast doubt over the policyholders´ version of events.

Obtain lawful information from outside organisations that again added doubt to the policyholders´ version.

Liaise with IAATI members to obtain advice on the security features for this model.

After obtaining all this information he was able to formally discuss these concerns with the policyholders. As a result of the overwhelming evidence presented to the insurer the claim was declined.

Investigation of the Year

Winner: New South Wales Police ­ Strike Force Deeble

The New South Wales Police Strike Force Deeble´ employed new techniques to assist with the investigation. The investigation was into two connected criminal groups who were involved in Car Theft, Stripping of parts, repairing economically Written Off cars, using false receipts, providing false receipts, using stolen parts and the sale of the rebirthed cars.

This strike force worked closely with the Roads and Traffic Authority, Victoria Police, South Australia Police, Insurers and Department of Fair Trading. It also utilised new legislation to assist the investigation such as:

Controlled operations authority ­ allowing investigators to trespass and affix DataDots to stolen car parts so that they can be tracked in the future.

Named Persons Warrant under the new Surveillance Devices Legislation.

And the use of tainted property freezing notices ­ allowing them to seize cars that have been purchased using proceeds of a crime or purchased for the purpose of rebirthing.

This investigation resulted in 9 offenders charged with 35 offences and seized multiple car parts, 8 vehicles and 1 Jet Ski. It also identified assets in excess of $1m which are now subject to confiscation proceedings. It is the first re-birthing investigation to charge offenders with the ´Participate in Criminal Groups#180; offence& and to instigate Asset Confiscation proceedings.

Outstanding Achievement Award

Winner: Sergeant Barry Woolven ­ South Australia Police.

Sergeant Woolven has dedicated himself towards developing and implementing crime prevention strategies. His role encompasses research, development, preparation and dissemination of vehicle crime prevention and problem solving material, including promotional material and guidelines for the use of SA police and the community.

His strategies encourage the reporting of motor vehicle related offences, awareness raising, reducing vulnerability and the use of traditional and innovative means to prevent car theft whilst providing support to the victims. His contribution assisted South Australia to record the highest percentage decrease of 20% in motor vehicle theft during 2008.

Member of the Year

This award designed to recognise the work of an individual member, who through their dedication and involvement, has helped in the development, growth or professionalism of IAATI within the Australasian Branch or at the international level.

This year´s recipient Frank de Jong has been a committee member since 2006. During this period he has continually contributed a significant amount of work towards the organisation of conferences. He is always available to participate in meetings and to assist in whatever action is required. In particular he has been instrumental in assisting with organising this conference and has continually promoted IAATI in his residing country. He is also qualified Automotive Engineer and has shown initiative in setting up his own company to support insurance companies to recover stolen motor vehicles.

2010 Award Winners

2010 Award Recipients

DataDot Investigation of the Year ­ sponsored by DataDot Technology

Winner: Operation Hotel Raptor - Organised Crime Investigation Unit - Queensland Police Service.

Queensland Police attended an address in response to information concerning a suspect motor vehicle. At that location Police located a 2008 Grand Cherokee Jeep, valued at $80,000 that had recently been reported stolen in New South Wales. Police observed that this was a rural property and there were many cars on the premises. A subsequent check on these vehicles located nine vehicles that had previously been reported stolen.

The occupier of the premises was questioned regarding the vehicles and eventually admitted that all of the vehicles had been reported stolen and that they were the proceeds from insurance fraud. He stated that he had been approached from various people to arrange for the disposal of the cars.

Due to the overwhelming evidence being gathered against him the proprietor turned informant and stated that on that night he was supposed to collect an Alfa coupe from a tow truck driver. He stated that he did not know the owner but knew that they were going to report the theft on the Monday morning and that his role was to collect the vehicle and then get the Alfa key back to the tow truck driver so the owner would have the keys when the theft was reported, in case it was queried by Police or insurance investigators.

Police attended this carpark on this night and located the Alfa and subsequently seized that vehicle on the belief that an attempt of fraud was being committed on an insurance company. The registered owner of the Alfa attended the Surfers Paradise Police Station and reported her vehicle stolen. Police hatched a plan whereby it was necessary to have the key returned to the owner to give credibility to her story that the Alfa was stolen.

The Informer had been contacted by the tow truck driver advising that that the Alfa key was needed by the owner. As the Alfa key was strong evidence of the fraud police were reluctant to re-introduce the key through the network and attempts were made to locate an identical key in a very short amount of time. Due to the specific wear patterns on the key and its uniqueness this was proving imposible given the small window of opportunity.

Police then were resigned to using the original key in the strategy, though prior to re-introducing the key it was sprayed with "QPS Auto Theft" datadots. On Monday afternoon the key was returned to the towtruck driver in accordance with the original instructions. Officers followed the tow truck driver to Brisbane and then an address on the Gold Coast which was found to belong to a proprietor of a prominent panel beater.

Whilst being interviewed by insurance investigator the owner of the car produced an Alfa key as proof of the theft of her vehicle. She stated that she had only ever been given one key with the vehicle when she had purchased it second hand. She was very adamant and confident in her demeanour that her vehicle was stolen and denied any involvement in the theft.

Following this insurance interview police obtained the Alfa key which was immediately identified as being the datadotted key. During June 2009 police executed several search warrants on the Gold Coast in relation to this investigation and 17 persons were arrested on 26 charges relating to the systematic fraud on insurance companies.

The Insurance Investigation of the Year

Winner: Insurance Investigator ­ Karen Suljic

This award recognises individuals working in the insurance industry that are involved in the investigation of auto theft insurance claims. This year´s winner was nominated for an investigation conducted into the theft of two motor vehicles, a Ford F250 and a Mitsubishi Magna. The Insured in this instance lodged three claims. A household break in resulting in a burglary and the theft of the two motor vehicles.

As a result of this investigation the insurer, IAG, was able to deny the claim which was valued at $78,000.00. The Insured has not disputed this decision through the Financial Ombudsman or the courts.

Investigation of the Year

Winner: Operation Beryl - Detective Sergeant Callum McNeill from Auckland City Police

During January 2009 Police Intelligence identified that a large number of Toyota Hiace Vans were being stolen with a very low recovery rate. Over a 12 month period in one district 267 vehicles were stolen and only 14% were recovered. The value of the vehicles stolen was around $1.3m.

The team that was formed to investigate these thefts identified 8 car wreckers as properties of interest. The police together with Customs and Immigration officers used mobile and static surveillance on the persons and properties of interest.

Overall this investigation led to;

  • 12 Offenders being arrested with over 400 criminal charges laid
  • 127 vehicles identified as stolen with a value of $690,000.00
  • Firearms, drugs and cash were also seized.

The theft rate of Toyota Hiace´s has decreased by 54% as a result of this operation.

Outstanding Achievement Award

Winner: Region 3 Vehicle Theft Task Force, Victoria Police.

The winner of the 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award this year is a police task force which is responsible for an area of 65000 square kilometres. The area they are responsible for has a larger than average number of Motor vehicle repair and wrecking businesses operating and statistically over the years it has shown to have a high incidence of vehicle related crime. This team is made up of one detective sergeant, two detective senior constables, two uniform personnel and an analyst. It has the capability to conduct quick and pointed operations to disrupt organized vehicle crime. Overall this task force has been innovative and focused on tackling serious vehicle crime, its associated fraud and the use of vehicles in crime. As a result vehicle theft in this area has decreased by 43%.

Member of the Year

Winner: Detective Senior Constable Brett Florence from Victoria Police.

This award designed to recognise the work of an individual member, who through their dedication and involvement, has helped in the development, growth or professionalism of IAATI within the Australasian Branch or at the international level.

This year´s recipient has been a devoted member and supporter of IAATI. Brett continually contributes a significant amount of work towards the organisation of conferences by presenting, assisting or promoting IAATI. He assisted the branch at the 2009 Auckland and Western Australian conferences and has again had a key role in facilitating presentation at the 2010 Brisbane training seminar. Brett´s attitude and application towards IAATI coupled with his ability to utilise IAATI members to assist him in his daily occupation only endorses the foundations of why our branch exists. Like all organisations IAATI Australasia has rules, processes and procedures, however like all organisations it is the things that cannot be captured in writing that create an organisation´s DNA. This year´s winner epitomises the IAATI DNA which is not only about learning and networking but also about giving and sharing where the only personal reward is the development of the Branch and its members.

2011 Award Winners

2011 Award Recipients

DataDot Investigation of the Year ­ sponsored by DataDot Technology

Winner: Project Nemo - Organised Crime Investigation Unit - Queensland Police Service.

The 2011 winning nomination for the DataDot Technology Investigation of the Year related to vehicles and vessels being sold on line. During 2010 Queensland police identified several suspect vehicles and vessels being sold online. Targets were identified and seizures were co-ordinated with the co-operation of interstate agencies. The vehicles and vessels located and seized interstate had all been stolen in Queensland. Search warrants on the suspects’ residence uncovered a large quantity of false documentation created to validate the vehicles and vessels. These false documents were created at a very high level and could easily pass as genuine if produced during routine inspections.

A key issue with this case was the identification of the vehicles and vessels. Without this the prosecution of the offenders would have been difficult. The experience of the police personnel quickly identified that one of the vessels was fitted with a 100hp Yamaha outboard motor and that this model has DataDots. Police then turned their attention to the recovery of the DataDot identifiers and were able to identify the vessel.

The identification of this vessel enabled police to strengthen their case of the other stolen vehicles and vessels recovered through ‘similar fact’ evidence which led to a successful prosecution.

This case highlights the importance of identification and without DataDot technology this case may have dissolved. The experience, knowledge and actions of police were evident throughout the investigation.

Investigation Team: Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Peter Ziser, Detective Sergeant Naomi Cornish, Detective Sergeant Renee Kurtz - Queensland Police Service – Organised Crime Investigation Unit.

 

The Insurance Investigation of the Year

Winner: Insurance Investigator Jason Ostrofski

The 2011 winning nomination in this category related to the reported theft of a 1995 Holden “VR” Commodore HSV enhanced “SS” V8 sedan. The version of events surrounding the reported theft of the insured vehicle included the Insured attending a local service station on the evening of 24 April 2009 and returning home and then retiring to bed. It was alleged that during the night the insured vehicle was stolen from the driveway in front of their residence. The vehicle was later located by Police just after midnight on 25 April 2009 approximately fifty kilometres south of the residence, completely destroyed by fire.

The Insured had a prior stolen motor vehicle claim ten months prior to the reported theft. Due to this the file was allocated to an investigator. Both the Insured and the Co-Insured (Insured’s wife), who were interviewed separately, were adamant that they had retired to bed by about 10:30 pm, after the Insured had returned home from the local service station.

A Forensic Locksmith was engaged to inspect the insured vehicle. The examination revealed that at the time of the fire the ignition system to the vehicle was still in place and the locksmith’s opinion was that the vehicle had been last driven with a correctly coded key. It was noted by the Forensic Locksmith that the insured vehicle a VR model Holden Commodore, came with an additional built in security system in that if a donor immobiliser system had been used that it had a forty-five (45) minute “time-out” feature whereby the vehicle could not be started.

The Insured had stated that he had attended the Caltex service station at about 10:00pm and was then in bed by about 10:30pm. The Investigator attended the Caltex and on searching the CCTV observed the insured vehicle and the Insured at the Caltex service station at 11:36pm. A copy of the Fire Report indicated that the Rural Fire Brigade had first been notified at 12:38am the next morning.

The investigator travelled to the incident scene. He recorded the kilometres and the time to drive to the location, which was in a remote bushland area. He was able to identify that the vehicle had crashed at the scene twice and then set on fire.

It was established that the offenders would have been with the insured vehicle for at least ten (10) minutes prior to being able to have started it, combined with the forty-five (45) minute “timeout” fitted to the vehicle. The Insured’s husband was at the Caltex in the insured vehicle at 11.36 pm which means that there was not enough time for him to have travelled home, locked the vehicle, and then had the offenders wait the forty-five (45) minute “timeout” and then drive to the incident scene which was half an hour away.

As a result of the evidence obtained during the investigation the insurer declined the Insured’s claim alleging fraud and the investigation file was handed to Police.

Investigation of the Year

Winner: Strike Force Oliveri – New South Wales Police Force

This year’s winning nomination for the Investigation of the Year Award relates to an investigation into a Middle Eastern crime family involved in vehicle rebirthing.  During June 2008 two members of a Middle Eastern Crime Family presented two Toyota Hilux SR model vehicles for inspection at the RTA Vehicle Identification and Inspection Unit. Both cars were repairable Write offs. In September 2008 a Senior RTA VIIU Vehicle Examiner was checking the internet Used Car Websites and found details of the two Hilux’s that were presented in June. However they were being advertised as SR5 upgraded models in immaculate condition. As a result of this the Examiner recalled the vehicles for a second inspection.

During early October one vehicle was presented for a second inspection and it did not have all the upgrade parts fitted as seen when advertised for sale and shown on the internet. In late October Police seized the vehicle. At this point the vehicle was fitted with all the upgraded SR5 parts. The examination confirmed that the suspect vehicle was actually stolen during August 2008 and was re-indentified as the Repairable Write off Hilux SR model that was inspected during June 2008.

On the 28th October the second vehicle was presented for inspection. Again it was presented as a base model. However police surveillance on the owner’s property identified that the car seen at the property looked different to the one presented for inspection. Further enquiries confirmed this car was advertised for sale as an SR5 model.

Given the concerns identified a strike force was established to investigate the involvement of two Middle Eastern families in the rebirthing of Toyota Hilux vehicles. The following are key points of the investigation:

  • Examination of Registration and Stolen motor vehicle data that was sourced from the RTA and NMVTRC identified 837 stolen Toyota Hilux vehicles between January 2007 and May 2008. When examined against the registration history of the persons of interest, it confirmed that they had registered 62 Hilux’s during the same period. All 62 cars were presented as repairable write offs.
  • Other issues identified were the documents they used to substantiate repairs and parts purchases. In some instances the same documents were used against multiple cars.
  • 40 cars were purchased and repaired by businesses owned by the families of interest.

In June 2009 investigators pursued two simultaneous strategies; the first was to use covert evidence gathering techniques on the family involved and their smash repair business.

The second was to conduct forensic examinations on vehicles that had been sold interstate. In September 2009 Recall notices were posted to the owners of the vehicles sold in NSW. Again these vehicles were examined. The examination of the vehicles confirmed that on most vehicles the Chassis numbers were changed and that many Hilux’s had been upgraded from SR models to SR5 specifications using stolen parts.

Of further concern were the poor repairs carried out on the cars which resulted in 24 vehicles being issued with major defect notices.

 Search warrants were obtained and executed in November 2009. A large amount of property was seized including:

  • 12 Motor vehicles
  • Documents relating to the sale of vehicles, and
  • $120,000 cash

During the search a further 9 suspected rebirth vehicles were seized including a Mazda 3 upgraded to a SP23 using stolen parts. This was one of the most successful investigations into Motor Vehicle Theft in New South Wales in recent times.

  • 8 offenders were arrested with a total of 31 charges
  • 85 Vehicles of interest were identified

In monetary value these offenders were earning around $20,000 per car estimated at an overall profit of around $1m.

Outstanding Achievement Award

Winner: Queensland Police Vehicle Crime Unit and Organised Crime Investigation Unit

In January 2010 the Vehicle Crime Unit within the Organised Crime Investigation Unit (OCIU) embarked on a project aimed at the Marine Crime Industry. It was found that traditional auto theft offenders were regularly stealing high value caravans and boats and utilising well tested and proven methods of vehicle rebirthing to conceal their activities. In response to these identified deficiencies initiatives that have been developed and are being implemented to address the Marine Crime issues include:

  • A National Marine Crime Conference
  • The creation of a National Stolen Vessel database.
  • Registration deficiencies have been identified and research commenced in establishing best Practice model.
  • Training packages were developed with regards vessel identification and the investigation of marine crime.
  • A Marine Crime webpage.

Research has identified the most prominent vessels stolen and inspections have begun with those manufacturers. A further by-product of these inspections was that advice was able to be provided on how their identification of their vessels could be enhanced. These suggestions were enthusiastically adopted by the Manufacturers.

Delivered presentations at Mallorca, Auckland and Perth on Marine Crime issues in Australia and shared resources to enhance investigative capabilities.

Extensive communications have resulted in the projected formation of an Australasian Chapter of the International Association of Marine Investigators (IAMI).

The development of a Marine Crime team within the Vehicle Crime Unit umbrella to provide a specialist response to marine crime. Vehicle Crime unit has gone from a staffing strength of two to a staffing of nine, which reflects the commitment to these vehicle related crime class by the QPS. The unit regularly seizes stolen luxury wakeboard boats, jetskis, motorcycles, caravans, earth moving equipment.

Investigation Team: Detective Inspector Mark Ainsworth, Det. Acting Senior Sergeant Peter Ziser, Det. Sergeant Naomi Cornish, Det. Sergeant Renee Kurtz.

Member of the Year

Winner: Det. Acting Senior Sergeant Peter Ziser, Queensland Police.

This award is designed to recognise the work of an individual member who through their dedication and involvement, have helped in the development, growth or professionalism of IAATI within the Australasian Branch or at the international level. This year’s recipient has been a devoted member and supporter of IAATI having been a member since 2008. Peter has continually contributed to the IAATI conferences and has been a presenter at a number of seminars and facilitated members from his own team to present at Australasian Branch Seminars when he has not been available.

Peter’s attitude and application towards IAATI coupled with his ability to utilise IAATI members to assist him in his daily occupation endorses the foundations of our branch. More recently, Peter has involved the Australasian Branch of IAATI in a new marine crime initiative taken up by Queensland Police.

2012 Award Winners

2013 Award Winners

2013 Award Winners

The 2013 IAATI Australasian Branch Awards Presentation dinner was a glittering affair, held this year on 15th April 2013 at the beautiful RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast, Queensland Australia.

Being the 20th anniversary of the Australasian Branch, a special presentation was made by our special guest, founding branch President Craig Petterd about the history of our branch to start off the evening, followed by Mr Laurie Ratz of the Insurance Fraud Bureau before getting down to the serious business of naming the award winners.

Following the same format as 2012, three of the award categories were judged by an individual panel of 3 judges, including one representative from the award sponsor for that category, and their total scores were combined to determine the winning submission.

On behalf of the IAATI Australasian Branch and as the Awards Co-Ordinator, I would like to thank all of the sponsors who threw their support behind the awards to supply the category winners with up to $1500 towards their cost in attending this year’s seminar and accepting their award on the night Maurice Kerrigan & Associates (Investigation of the Year); William Roberts Lawyers (Insurance Industry Investigation of the Year); Maxim Forensic Locksmiths (President’s Award); and DataDot Technology (Aust) (DataDot Investigation of the Year).

Investigation of the Year

Sponsored By Maurice J Kerrigan & Associates Pty Ltd

The first award announced on the night was the Investigation of the Year, which was proudly sponsored this year by Maurice Kerrigan & Associates. Sponsor representative and member of the judging panel, Mr Francis Kerrigan, was on hand to announce the winner, a submission made by South Australia Police for Operation Echidna.  The balance of the judging panel was made up by Ray Carroll of the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council, and Nigel Carson of KordaMentha.

Detective Senior Constable First Class Jason COX, a member of the Operation Echidna team accepted the award on behalf of his team for their investigation of a sophisticated and highly organised network of criminals who were responsible for the theft of over $2m in highly desirable vehicle parts.

As the matter is currently before the courts, full details of the case cannot be published, however the methodical investigative planning and well executed investigative techniques, liaison with multiple stakeholders and using knowledge gained through membership of IAATI, Operation Echidna has resulted in charges of theft, larceny and money laundering to be laid against seven individuals.

All the members of Operation Echidna are to be congratulated for their efforts in the detection and prevention of auto crime.ts.

Insurance Industry Investigation of the Year

Sponsors by Williams Roberts Lawyers

The next cab off the rank for the awards announcement was the Insurance Industry Investigation of the Year, sponsored for the first time by William Roberts Lawyers.  The Insurance Industry Investigation of the Year award is always one of the most hotly contested categories, with only 3 points out of a possible 75 dividing the top 3 nominees. Mr Robert Ishak, partner at William Roberts Lawyers, announced the winner who had received the highest score from the judging panel, made of Mr Ishak, Mr Laurie Ratz of the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Australia, and Mr Tony Phillips of RAA Insurance.

This years award winner was named as Ms Jennie Hayes of Suncorp Insurance, for her co-ordination of a multi-claim investigation into an organised network of fraudulent claims.

Based on a tip-off, Ms Hayes oversaw a comprehensive investigation in which it was discovered that hired trucks were being used to cause total loss claims to vehicles that had been purchased in a damaged condition in one state and transferred to another state, before being placed in a claim to obtain a sum insured payout.  Ms Hayes demonstrated tenacity in her pursuit of information, systematically contacting every truck hire company in the region to find the evidence she needed to find out the true facts of a current claim, but she also demonstrated an ability to strategically manage a large quantity of intelligence and to liaise with other stakeholders in order to submit a solid referral to the Fraud Squad in the state where the crime had been committed.

Despite being surprised on the night at being named the winner, Ms Hayes made a gracious speech in accepting her award and was a credit to her company.

President’s Award

Sponsored by Maxim Forensic Locksmith Services

2013 marks only the second year that the President’s Award was offered as a category for submission, designed to recognise any investigation, program or initiative designed to detect, prevent or investigate auto crime.

The judging panel of Ms Candice Gauci of sponsor Maxim Forensic Locksmith Services, former IAATI President Craig Petterd and immediate Past President Dennis Connor scored each submission, with the final decision ratified by Australian Branch President Mark Bennedick.

This year’s winner was announced by Maxim Forensic Locksmith Services representative Ms Candice Gauci as the ‘Stop Car Theft Program’, a joint initiative between South Australia Police and the Royal Automobile Association of South Australia to address the rising incidence of motor vehicle crime in South Australia. The ‘Stop Car Theft Program’ is a multi-faceted approach to dealing with auto crime in that it utilises the deployment of ‘target’ vehicles into known hot spots for motor vehicle crime, to detect and apprehend key suspects, as well as the development of training and education programmes for those responsible for investigating auto crime.

The ‘Stop Car Theft Program’ is an admirable demonstration of a successful long term stakeholder partnership that is achieving fantastic results in the prevention, detection and investigation of auto crime.

DataDot Investigation of the Year

DataDot Technology (Aust) have been a long time supporter of IAATI and sponsor of the DataDot Investigation of the Year award.

This year, DataDot were represented by Ms Nici Andronicus and one of DataDot’s key supporters Mr Richard Wells of Subaru to announce the award winner, Detective Senior Constable Joshua Tam of North Shore LAC NSW Police Force.

Individual Member of the Year

The decision of naming the winner for the Individual Member of the Year award is normally not an easy one, however the winner of this years Individual Member of the Year award was an easy call.  In what was a complete surprise to the winner himself, the Individual Member of the Year was announced as Mr Paul Thomas of the Comprehensive Auto-Theft Research System (CARS) and IAATI Australasian Branch Life Member, Past President and current committee member.  Paul has been tireless in his efforts over the past year to advancing and improving the Australasian branch, and generous beyond a fault with the time he has committed to the association.

Amongst other contributions, Paul has been a driving force in bringing IAATI Australasian branch into the modern age - updating the VIN from its traditional magazine format to a handheld device friendly format, and developing our website to make it easy for us to reach our members and stakeholders.

2014 Award Winners

Previous Awards Recipients

2016 Award Winners

The 2016 IAATI Australasian Branch Award Winners were announced at the 23rd Australasian Branch annual training seminar held in Melbourne, Australia.   Many thanks to the award sponsors, NKG Management Services, Maurice J Kerrigan & Associates, Polonious and CSI Investigations.  Congratulations to the 2016 award winners:

  • President’s Award - Police Initiative 'Refocuss', New South Wales Police
  • Investigation of the Year - Strike Force Granite 15, New South Wales Police
  • Insurance Industry Investigation of the Year Award - Mr Mathew McKee.
  • Forensic and Supporting Services Award - Det. Sgt. Callum McNeill, Operation Maloo, New Zealand Police
  • Member of the Year - Det. Sgt. Brett Florence, Victoria Police.

 

2015 Award Winners

The 2015 IAATI Australasian Branch Award Winners were announced at the 22nd Australasian Branch annual training seminar held in Perth, Australia.   Many thanks to the award sponsors, NKG Management Services, Maurice J Kerrigan & Associates, and Polonious.  Congratulations to the 2015 award winners:

  • President’s Award - Operation Discover - Victoria Police, Vehicle Crime Squad 
  • Investigation of the Year (Joint winners)
    • Operation Kilo Zurich - Queensland Police, Vehicle Crime Unit and Organised Crime Squad, State Crime Command
    • Strike Force O'Halloran - NSW Police, Property Crime Squad
  • Insurance Industry Investigation of the Year Award - Mr Mathew McKee.
  • Member of the Year - Ms Emily Linke.

 

2014 Award Winners

The 2014 IAATI Australasian Branch Award Winners were announced at the 21st Australasian Branch annual training seminar held in Sydney, Australia.   Many thanks to the award sponsors, Maurice J Kerrigan & Associates, DataDot Technologies (Australia) Pty Ltd, NKG Management Services and Polonious.  Congratulations to the 2014 award winners:

  • DataDot Investigation of the Year Award - Strike Force Granite, NSW Police
  • President’s Award - Insurance Council of Australia (Insurance Fraud Bureau of Australia)
  • Investigation of the Year - Operation Ice Pharlap - Queensland Police, Suncorp Insurance & NRMA.
  • Insurance Industry Investigation of the Year Award - Mr Jason Ostrofski.
  • Member of the Year - Mr Mark Pollard.

 

2013 Award Winners

The 2013 IAATI Australasian Branch Award Winners were announced at the 20th Australasian Branch annual training seminar held in held in the Gold Coast, Australia.  Many thanks to the award sponsors, William Robert Lawyers, DataDot Technologies (Australia) Pty Ltd, Maurice Kerrigan & Associates and Maxim Forensic Locksmith Services.  Congratulations to the 2013 award winners:

  • President’s Award - South Australia Police and Royal Automobile Association of South Australia, ‘Stop Car Theft Program’.
  • Investigation of the Year - Operation Echidna, South Australia Police.
  • Insurance Industry Investigation of the Year Award - Jennie Hayes, Suncorp Insurance.
  • DataDot Investigation of the Year Award - New South Wales Police, North Shore LAC.
  • Member of the Year - Paul Thomas.

 

2012 Award Winners

The 2012 IAATI Australasian Branch Award Winners were announced at the 19th Australasian Branch annual training seminar held in Sydney, Australia.  Many thanks to the award sponsor, DataDot Technologies (Australia) Pty Ltd.  Congratulations to the 2012 award winners:

  • Investigation of the Year - New South Wales Police Force, Strike Force Burindi.
  • Insurance Industry Investigation of the Year Award - Jenny Caldwell.
  • President’s Award - Project Gypsy, Queensland Police and Ross Park from the Glenorchy City Council.
  • DataDot Investigation of the Year Award - New South Wales Police, Strike Force Nelme.
  • Member of the Year - Chris Loane, Suncorp Insurance.

 

2011 Award Winners

The 2011 IAATI Australasian Branch Award Winners were announced at the 18th Australasian Branch annual training seminar held in Melbourne, Australia.  Many thanks to the award sponsors, DataDot Technologies (Australia) Pty Ltd.  Congratulations to the 2011 award winners:

  • DataDot Investigation of the Year - Project Neo, Queensland Police.
  • The Insurance Investigation of the Year - Jason Ostroski.
  • Investigation of the Year - Strike Force Oliver - New South Wales Police Force.
  • Outstanding Achievement Award - Queensland Police Vehicle Crime Unit and Organised Crime Investigation Unit.
  • Member of the Year - Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Peter Ziser, Queensland Police.

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2010 Award Winners

The 2010 IAATI Australasian Branch Award Winners were announced at the 17th Australasian Branch annual training seminar held in brisbane, Australia.  Many thanks to the award sponsors, DataDot Technologies (Australia) Pty Ltd.  Congratulations to the 2010 award winners:

  • DataDot Investigation of the Year - Operation Hotel Raptor, Organised Crime Investigation Unit, Queensland Police.
  • The Insurance Investigation of the Year - Karen Suljic.
  • Investigation of the Year - Operation Beryl - Detective Sergeant Callum McNeill, Auckland City Police.
  • Outstanding Achievement Award - Region 3 Vehicle Task Force, Victoria Police.
  • Member of the Year - Detective Senior Constable Brett Florance, Victoria Police.

 

2009 Award Winners

The 2009 IAATI Australasian Branch Award Winners were announced at the 16th Australasian Branch annual training seminar held in Auckland, New Zealand.  Many thanks to the award sponsors DataDot Technologies (Australia) Pty Ltd.  Congratulations to the 2009 award winners:

  • DataDot Investigation of the Year Award – Taiwan Crime Investigation Bureau.
  • Insurance Industry Investigation of the Year Award – Jason Ostrofski.
  • Investigation of the Year - New South Wales Police Force, Strike Force Deeble.
  • Outstanding Achievement Award – South Australia Police.
  • Member of the Year – Frank de Jong.

 

2008 Award Winners

The 2008 IAATI Australasian Branch Award Winners were announced at the 15th Australasian Branch annual training seminar held in Sydney, Australia.  Many thanks to the award sponsors IAG and DataDot Technologies (Australia) Pty Ltd.  Congratulations to the 2008 award winners:

  • Investigation of the Year - New South Wales Police Force, Strike Force Olympian.
  • DataDot Investigation of the Year Award – New South Wales Police Force, Strike Force Shiprock.
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Reduction of Motor Vehicle Theft – Identitek Systems Pty Ltd
  • Insurance Industry Investigation of the Year Award – Jason Ostrofski.
  • Member of the Year – Detective Terry Campbell.

 

2007 Award Winners

The 2007 IAATI Australasian Branch Award Winners were announced at the 14th Australasian Branch annual training seminar held in Sydney, Australia. Many thanks to the award sponsor DataDot Technologies (Australia) Pty Ltd. Congratulations to the 2007 award winners:

  • Investigation of the Year - New South Wales Police Force, Strike Force Hindley.
  • DataDot Investigation of the Year Award – South Australia Police Force, Foresnic Response Section.
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Reduction of Motor Vehicle Theft – Glenorchy City Council, Tasmania
  • Member of the Year – Gerry Bashford.

 

2006 Award Winners

The 2006 IAATI Australasian Branch Award Winners were announced at the 13th Australasian Branch annual training seminar held in Wellington, New Zealand. Many thanks to the award sponsor DataDot Technologies (Australia) Pty Ltd.  Congratulations to the 2006 award winners:

  • Investigation of the Year - Jeff Haynes, New Zealand Police.
  • DataDot Investigation of the Year Award – NSW Police, Operation Maserati.
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Reduction of Motor Vehicle Theft – U-Turn, Brisbane YMCA
  • Member of the Year – Bob McKay

 

2005 Award Winners

The 2005 IAATI Australasian Branch Award Winners were announced at the 12th Australasian Branch annual training seminar held in Sydney, Australia. Many thanks to the award sponsor DataDot Technologies (Australia) Pty Ltd. Congratulations to the 2005 award winners:

  • Investigation of the Year - Queensland Police, Operation Copra
  • DataDot Investigation of the Year Award – Victoria police, Operation Coupe.
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Reduction of Motor Vehicle Theft – Subaru Australia
  • Member of the Year – John O'Byrne

 

2004 Award Winners

The 2004 IAATI Australasian Branch Award Winners were announced at the 11th Australasian Branch annual training seminar held in Brisbane, Australia. Congratulations to the 2004 award winners:

  • Investigation of the Year - Queensland Police, Operation Bravo Mattock
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Reduction of Motor Vehicle Theft – Comprehensive Auto-theft Reserach System
  • Member of the Year – Keith Schmidt

 

2003 Award Winners

The 2003 IAATI Australasian Branch Award Winners were announced at the 10th Australasian Branch annual training seminar held in Canberra, Australia. Congratulations to the 2003 award winners:

  • Investigation of the Year - NSW Police, Strike Force Worth
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Reduction of Motor Vehicle Theft – Queensland Transport, Operation Copra
  • Member of the Year – Keith Schmidt

 

2002 Award Winners

The 2002 IAATI Australasian Branch Award Winners were announced at the 9th Australasian Branch annual training seminar held in Adelaide, Australia. Congratulations to the 2002 award winners:

  • Investigation of the Year - Queensland Police, Operation Ancient
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Reduction of Motor Vehicle Theft – Ashfield Mall, NSW
  • Member of the Year – Ian Gunthorpe

 

2001 Award Winners

The 2001 IAATI Australasian Branch Award Winners were announced at the 8th Australasian Branch annual training seminar held in Melbourne, Australia. Congratulations to the 2001 award winners:

  • Investigation of the Year - NSW Police, Strike Force Rift
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Reduction of Motor Vehicle Theft – Street Legal, South Australia
  • Member of the Year – Paul Thomas

 

2000 Award Winners

The 2000 IAATI Australasian Branch Award Winners were announced at the 7th Australasian Branch annual training seminar held at the Gold Coast, Australia. Congratulations to our inaugural award winners:

  • Investigation of the Year - Sen. Const. Peter McKenzie, South Australia Police
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Reduction of Motor Vehicle Theft – Ray Carroll, National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council
  • Member of the Year – Ron Scott

Award Nominations

Nominations for the 2017 Australasian Branch Awards are now open and close on 3rd February 2017.  The 2017  award winners will be announced at the 2017 Awards Dinner, sponsored by Suncorp, in Melbourne on 5th April.  For any information about the 2017 Branch Awards please email Jim Manser at iaatiawards@iaatiaus.org

More information about the awards including how to nominate in included in the  Award Nomination Brochure (PDF).

Presentation Ceremony

Winners of the Australasian Branch Awards will be announced during the  Awards Dinner during the Annual Training Seminar which is normally held in March or April each year.

In the case of the sponsored awards, the sponsor will contribute up to $1,500 towards the costs of the winner attending the Annual Australasian Branch Training Seminar and the presentation dinner.

The winner of each category may also be asked to make a short presentation during the conference and/or write a short article for publication in an IAATI newsletter.

Enquiries

Enquiries about the Branch awards can made by emailing Vice President Jim Manser: at iaatiawards@iaatiaus.org

Sponsors

The Australasian Branch of IAATI gratefully acknowledges all our 2017 Sponsors for their asistance with the 2017 Branch Awards program:

Awards Dinner Sponsor: Suncorp Insurance

 

Awards sponsors:  Maurice J Kerrigan & Associates, NKG Management Services, Polonious and CSI Invetsigations Pty Ltd. for their assistance with the 2017 Branch Awards Program.  .

 

The Branch Committee is always keen to talk to anyone who is interested in sponsoring an existing or new award category

What are the Awards

Australasian Branch Awards

The Australasian Branch of IAATI, in partnership with our Award Sponsors have an annual Awards Programme. The Australasian Branch awards seek to recognise and reward outstanding achievement, innovation, or exceptional performance in the area of auto theft prevention and investigation.  For details about how to nominate for the current round of awards please visit https://iaatiaus.org/awards/award-nominations/

The 2015 awards were presented in March 2015.  The next round of nominations are now open and close 29 January 2016. The winners will be announced on Tuesday 19 April 2016, during the Awards Dinner at the Langham Hotel, Melbourne.

 

In 2016 there will be five award categories:

Investigation of the Year

The Investigation of the Year award is open to any individual or team who have conducted an outstanding investigation involving the detection and prevention of auto crime. It is open to members of police forces, customs services, insurance investigators, private investigators, or anyone else involved in vehicle theft investigations.

Submissions will be judged on their demonstration of any or all of the following criteria: innovative methodologies, application of best practice investigation techniques, the complexity of the investigation, and co-operation and involvement of multiple agencies to achieve a result in the fight against auto crime.

The investigation may involve cooperation of international agencies but at least part of the investigation must have taken place in either Australia, New Zealand or South East Asia during the last 3 years.

This award is sponsored by Maurice J. Kerrigan and Associates

 

Insurance Industry Investigation of the Year

The Insurance Industry Investigation of the Year Award is open to any individual or team working in the insurance industry who have conducted an outstanding investigation of a suspicious motor vehicle claim, or a network of suspicious motor vehicle claims or any auto crime claims (staged accident etc.).  The award is open to both investigators who have conducted an outstanding investigation into motor vehicle theft claims, auto crime claims, and claims staff working in the investigations unit of an insurance company who manage the investigation process.

The investigation may be deemed outstanding for a range of reasons including its use of innovative methodologies and investigations techniques; the complexity of the investigation and the outcome of the investigation.  The submission could be in relation to one specific claim, a network of theft claims or auto crime claims that were identified and investigated. The investigation and/or insurance claim must have been performed in either Australia, New Zealand or South East Asia in the past three years.

This award is sponsored by Polonious

 

President's Award

The President’s Award recognises outstanding contribution by an individual or a team in either the reduction and deterrence of motor vehicle theft in Australia, the achievement of a significant result from an investigation in auto  crimes, or a significant achievement in the detection of motor vehicle theft and/or fraudulent vehicle crime.

Submissions could be for any project, initiative or investigation that deals with the reduction, prevention or investigation of motor crime, either at an international, national or local  level.  This award is sponsored by NKG Management Services

 

Forensic and Supporting Services Award  (New in 2016!)

This award acknowledges that IAATI is made up of a diverse range of professionals and most successful investigations involve bringing together co-operation with of these professions and their expertise.  The awrds will help shine the spotlight on the range of supporting services that can play a major role in any investigation but often go unrecognised. The award will be open to any individual, public or private organisation involved in the provision of forensic or other types of supporting services.  It recognises their outstanding work that has resulted in either:

· the detection of an offence;

· significantly assisted in the investigation or prosecution; or

· the prevention of vehicle related crime.

The award may be given for a particular case or for the sustained contribution to the particular area of study over many years.

This award is sponsored by CSI Investigations Pty Ltd.

 

Member of the Year

Nominations for this award are only open to present or past members of the Australasian Branch of IAATI. This award is to recognise the work of an individual member, who through their dedication and involvement, has helped in the development, growth or professionalism of IAATI within the Australasian Branch or at the international level.

 

Nominations for the 2016 Australasian Branch Awards close 29 January 2016.  Winner are announced during the Annual Training Seminar Dinner.

More information is available about the 2016 Australasian Branch Awards program view the awards bochure.  Click here for the 2016 Awards Brochure

 

International Awards Program

In addition to the Australasian Branch Awards the IAATI International Board also run an Awards Programme that is open to any members around the world.  Nominations for the International Awards Programme close 1st May each year with the winners announced during the Annual International Training Seminar.

For more information regarding the International Awards Programme please visit the IAATI International website www.iaati.org

Awards

Membership Terms & Conditions

As a member of IAATI you agree to abide by the IAATI Code of Ethics

As a member of the Australasian Branch they automatically become a member of IAATI International. As such a copy of your membership details will be provided to the International Executive Director and stored on the International membership database.

AUS Branch Documents

Australasian Branch Documents

This section contains downloadable (pdf) copies of the current versions of the following branch documents:

Branch Consititution
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
Committee Nomination Form
Proxy Appointment Form
Branch History 

Australasian Branch Constitution

The AUS Branch Constitution was last revised at the 2015 AGM.

Click here to view the AUS Branch Constitution

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

The Australasian Branch of IAATI has developed a number of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to ensure effective and efficient management of the Branch. These procedures can also be used as a guide for new committee members and office holders to provide them with direction of what is expect as a member of the Branch Committee.


The SOP’s will be reviewed and amended by the Branch Committee as required throughout the year. The Immediate Past President (IPP) will be responsible for coordinating an annual review of the SOPs. All members of the Branch Committee are expected to provide input.  All recommended amendments to the SOPs are to be considered and voted upon by the Branch Committee.

When any amendments are approved by the Branch Committee the SOP will be update and posted on the branch web site within 14 days.

Throughout the SOPs the following abbreviations have been used:

AB        Australasian Branch
ABC     Australasian Branch Committee
AGM    Annual General Meeting
BC        Branch Committee
BP        Branch President
CM       Committee Members
ED        Executive Director
GST     Goods and Services Tax
IPP       Immediate Past President
SOP     Standard Operating Procedures
1VP      First Vice President
2VP     Second Vice President
3VP     Third Vice President
 

Committee Nomination and Proxy Appointment Forms

Branch History

This document has been developed by founding member Ian Gunthorpe to document the how the Australasian Branch was established and it's development over the years.  The document is constantly being revised and if you have any information, clippings, photos etc.about the Branch and it's members that you think would be suitable for inclusion then please contact the Branch Committee via info@iaatiaus.org

Branch Website Policies

Pricing Policy

As IAATI is a not-for-profit organisation or membership and seminar registration fees are kept as low as possible to encourage as many members as possible to participate in our events. Because our fees are as low as possible we are not able to offer group discounts. However, the Branch is required to guarantee the venue a minimum number of delegates prior to the seminar, therefore discounted early bird registration rates will generally be offered to members who register early.

When registering for IAATI training seminars the registration fee includes only the cost of training, and catering as specified on the registration form. While IAATI does endeavour to secure discounted accommodation rates with the host venue, delegates are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

All of our prices are in Australian dollars (AUD) and include GST (Goods and services tax) where applicable.

If you are making a credit card payment from a country outside Australia, for security reasons you must first advise your banking institution of the impending charge and authorise them to allow the charge from Australia to go through. Allow up to 48 hours (this is due to the time difference between our countries).

Customer Service Policy

The IAATI Australasian Branch is committed to providing exceptional customer service and quality products. We endeavour to make sure that all services listed on our website are described accurately. We aim to respond to all faxes and emails within 48 hours of receipt. In the event that any training seminar is fully booked then you will be notified with 48 hours and any payment processed fully refunded within 48 hours. In such cases members will be asked if they wish to be included a cancellation list.

Refund Policy

Membership and renewal fees: The Australasian Branch will not process your membership payment until after your application for membership has been approved. Once your application has been approved and payment processed no refunds will be provided. There will be no refunds provided once renewal fees have been processed.

Seminar registrations: Cancellations must be notified in writing to the seminar committee using the email address listed on the registration form. Cancellations received more than 14 days prior to the seminar will receive a full refund less a $70 administration fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations advised 14 days or less prior to the event, however a substitute delegate is welcome at no extra charge. Please advise the seminar committee of the details of the substitute in writing prior to the commencement of the seminar.

Security Policy

When purchasing from IAATI Australasian Branch your financial details are passed through a secure server using the latest 128-bit SSL (secure sockets layer) encryption technology.128-bit SSL encryption is the current industry standard. If you have any questions regarding our security policy, please contact info@iaatiaus.org

Code of Ethics

The following Australasian Branch Code of Ethics and the International Association's Code of Ethics shall be adhered to as a condition of membership or affiliation with the Association.

 

The Australasian Branch Code of Ethics:

  • Members shall observe the highest of moral principles and shall perform their professional duties in accordance with the law.
  • Members shall at all times act with integrity, truthfulness and honesty.
  • Members shall observe diligence in the discharge of their professional responsibilities.
  • Members shall not divulge information in an inappropriate or unlawful manner and shall exercise due care to prevent unlawful or improper disclosure.
  • Members shall not maliciously injure the reputation or professional practice of colleagues, employers, insured’s claimants or other parties to an investigation.
  • Members shall at all times display the requisite integrity to make the right decision when faced with potential conflicts of interest.
  • Members shall not act in any way as to bring the Association into disrepute.

 

The International Association's Code of Ethics:

  • I will, as an auto theft investigator, regard myself as a member of an important and honorable profession.
  • I will conduct both my personal and official life so as to inspire the confidence of the public.
  • I will not use my profession and my position of trust for personal advantage or profit.
  • I will regard my fellow investigators with the same standards as I hold for myself.
  • I will never betray a confidence or otherwise jeopardize their investigations.
  • I will regard it my duty to know my work thoroughly.
  • It is my further duty to avail myself of every opportunity to learn more about my profession.
  • I will avoid alliances with those whose goals are inconsistent with an honest and unbiased investigation.
  • I will make no claim to professional qualifications, which I do not possess.
  • I will share all publicity equally with my fellow investigators, whether such publicity is favorable or unfavorable.
  • I will be loyal to my superiors; to my subordinates and to the organization I represent.
  • I will bear in mind always that I am a truth-seeker, not a case-maker.

Committee Members

2017-18 Australasian Branch Executive

President: Mark Pollard - F.I.R.E.S., South Australia. Telephone:  0418 841 899

Vice President: Brett Florence - Victoria Police, Victoria

Vice PresidentEddy Langmair - The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, South Australia

Vice PresidentJim Manser - Manser Fire and Marine, Western Australia

Immediate Past President:  John Hambridge - Maurice J Kerrigan & Associates, Queensland

4th International Vice President, International IAATI Board:  Paul Thomas - Attorney Generals Department, South Australia

 

2017-18 Committee Members

Brendan Batt - Dept. of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, South Australia

Jordan Brown - Victoria Police, Victoria

Frank Colborne - Quantumcorp, New South Wales

Kelly Greenhill - IAG, New South Wales

Ian Gunthorpe - Queensland Police Service, Queensland

Cathy Horton - Queensland Police Service, Queensland

Emily Linke - CSI Investigations Pty. Ltd., Western Australia

Bob McKay - McKay Investigations, New South Wales

Daniel Sammy - Global Transport & Automotive Insurance Solutions, New South Wales

Keith Schmidt - Queensland Inspection Services, Queensland

Warren Stevenson - Forensic Services WA Pty. Ltd., Western Australia

Paul Thomas - Attorney Generals Department, South Australia

Maurie Tong - QED Investigations, Western Australia

David West - NSW Police, New South Wales

Australasian Branch

The Australasian Branch was founded in 1993 by the late Sergeant Sue Maxwell of the Queensland Police Service and Senior Constable Craig Petterd of the Australian Federal Police. The Australasian Branch currently has 147 members from across Australia and New Zealand.

 

To view a full documented history of the Australasian Branch please click the following link.  Australasian Branch History (pdf 5,318KB)

 

Australasian Branch Presidents


Craig Petterd
1993 - 1997

Tony Ward
1997 - 2000

John O'Byrne
2000 - 2003

Paul Thomas
2003 - 2005

Dennis Connor
2005 - 2008
 
Mark Bennedick
2008 - 2014

John Hambridge
2014 - 16

                   

Mark Pollard
2016 - 


 

 

 

What is IAATI?

The International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI) was formed in the United States in 1952 in order to improve communication and coordination among professional auto theft investigators. It has grown to over 3,600 members representing over 35 countries and includes representatives of law enforcement agencies, as well as many others with a legitimate interest in auto theft investigation, prevention and education.

IAATI recognises that our most effective weapon to combat the crime of auto theft is cooperation. IAATI has actively pursued this by providing its members with an array of experience, training and resources in areas such as technical developments, trends, intelligence information and investigative assistance. Through IAATI we are able to pool our resources in order to achieve our common interests, and better serve our communities. IAATI is dedicated to developing and encouraging the highest professional standards of conduct among auto theft investigators, while providing an infrastructure for those dedicated individuals to broaden their knowledge and develop the crucial business networks with local and international colleagues.

IAATI consists of five US based chapters and five international branches including the Australasian Branch. Visit the web sites of the chapters and branches by using the links below.

International

Branches

Chapters

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Can I Become a Member?

Membership is open to an individual that can demonstrate they have a legitimate interest in vehicle theft and is particularly relevant (but not limited) to anyone working in the following areas:

  • Policing - Investigators, Intelligence Analysts and Scientific staff
  • Insurance - Fraud and Investigation staff, Claim and Underwriting Managers
  • Private Investigators
  • Vehicle Registration authorities - Inspectors and policy makers
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  • Vehicle Manufacturers
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