Welcome to IAATI European Branch

IAATI is the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators.

This association was founded in the USA in 1952. Since 1989 we have a European Branch with members from 30 countries.


IAATI is the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators. This association was founded in the USA in 1952. Since 1989 we have a European Branch with members from 30 countries.

IAATI is a non-profit organization of both public and private professionals. The membership is made up from representatives of serving and retired police-officers, custom officers, insurance companies and their investigators, vehicle rental companies, car leasing companies, members of the vehicle licensing organizations, vehicle manufacturers, lawyers and many others with a legitimate professional interest in vehicle investigation, prevention and education.

Our officers, executive board and various committee chairs are elected from the general membership. Our most effective weapon to combat car crime related offences co-operation between all levels. Members of IAATI are not busy with combating car theft only, but also with other car or heavy equipment related crime.

Through our website and forum members can find other members worldwide. We organize an annual meeting and because we have members in many countries of Europe, every year we select a country to host this seminar. These seminars as well as contact between the members provide the opportunity to network and keep up with the latest developments.

For more information read our about us page.

Jari Tiainen
EB-IAATI president

Latest News

19 January 2017

From analogue to digital

Munich (dpa) - Crowbars to force locks and screwdrivers to force windows have become tools of the past. These days, car thieves are well organized, highly professional and pounce on booty with the help of modern technology.

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18 January 2017

Microchips in number plates to end transport ministry woes

Transport ministry says move will also help reduce use of fancy number plates, car thefts, car cloning and help track down motorists who don't pay traffic summonses.

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16 January 2017

Arrest of Georgian Organised Crime Group - Europol successfully supports…

The Spanish National Police supported by Europol and by the French and Georgian authorities has arrested 61 members of a Georgian organised crime group specialised in burglaries. Overall, 26 house searches have been carried out and EUR 33 000, 8 vehicles, 7 100 tobacco packets and many stolen pieces…

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13 January 2017

Auto thefts in 2016 up 51 per cent pose a growing safety menace, say police

Calgary police say a huge spike in auto thefts by increasingly reckless offenders has driven up fears for public safety.

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11 January 2017

20 arrested for vehicle theft in Ghaziabad

Twenty people have been arrested from three different places in the district for allegedly stealing vehicles, police said today. The police have recovered 30 stolen vehicles, including two-wheelers, and seized fire arms from them, they said

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9 January 2017

French man clings on to roof of car after thief speeds off in it

When a young man in France saw his father's car being stolen, something came over him. Osama Aoukili was taking a cigarette break when a thief made off in the ageing Renault Clio, French daily Le Progres reported.

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5 January 2017

Nearly 9,000 cars were stolen in Detroit in 2016

Carjackings were down, but nonviolent car thefts went up, according to Detroit Police.

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4 January 2017

Shock figures reveal more than 400 vehicles stolen in north-east in 2016

Shock new figures have revealed hundreds of cars and motorbikes have been stolen across the north-east in the past 12 months.

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2 January 2017

Belgium strengthens alcohol interlock programme

The Belgian Minister of Mobility François Bellot is planning to strengthen drink driving laws to require judges to impose alcohol interlocks on recidivist and high level first time offenders and in cases of drunkenness.

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31 December 2016

Bengaluru police register 5,755 motor vehicle theft cases in 2016

Bengaluru: The number of motor vehicle theft cases has been increased to 5,755 during 2016 as against 5,345 cases in 2015 and the Bengaluru police, apart from utter failure in anticipating violence in three unscheduled events such as Cauvery water dispute, garment factory workers and farmers protest,…

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