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 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.

Arne Knippel
EB-IAATI president

Latest News

17 October 2018

Thieves are stealing Honda airbags and reselling them on the black market

In the past, car thieves have gone for unattended items, radio head units, and even the car itself. Now they’re going for airbags. According to a report by USA Today, there has been a recent spike in airbag thefts in many major markets around the country. The airbags, which can sell for over…

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12 October 2018

Stolen motor vehicles: INTERPOL supports Austrian operation

Vienna, Austria – INTERPOL has supported an operation led by Austria’s Ministry of Interior targeting motor vehicle crime, including the smuggling of stolen vehicles, spare parts and document fraud. Operation Austrocar was carried out over three days (25-27 September). Experts from INTERPOL’s…

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6 October 2018

Edmonton police bust vehicle VIN cloning scam, recover $500,000 in property

A man who scrimped and saved $20,000 to buy himself a new truck is now making payments on a vehicle he no longer owns, after it was caught up in a vehicle cloning operation busted by city police.

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1 October 2018

Call for EU infrastructure safety rules to be extended beyond main motorways

A coalition of safety groups, traffic police, cyclists, transport workers and the road sector are calling on the European Parliament to back a proposal to extend the scope of EU road infrastructure safety rules to cover all primary roads in Europe, and to incorporate the needs of cyclists, pedestrians…

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28 September 2018

Operation “AUSTROCAR”: Kfz-Kriminalität bekämpfen Interpol…

Operation "AUSTROCAR": Kfz-Kriminalität bekämpfen Nationale und internationale Experten in der Bekämpfung der grenzüberschreitenden Kfz-Kriminalität führten vom 25. bis 27. September 2018 in Österreich die Operation "AUSTROCAR" durch. Schwerpunkte der Operation "AUSTROCAR"…

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27 September 2018

Dramatic images show a Derbyshire shop smashed after stolen car ram-raid…

hieves ram-raided a Derbyshire shop with a stolen 4x4 which left the front of the shop front smashed. https://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/dramatic-images-show-a-derbyshire-shop-smashed-after-stolen-car-ram-raid-1-9365601

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24 September 2018

How fraudsters can use the dark web to steal cars

A stolen car, obtained under stolen identities bought on the dark web, has been recovered following an extensive police investigation. The fraudsters used the false names, originally reported after a car accident, to hire a Mercedes-Benz C-Class. They then disabled the car’s APU-branded tracker…

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20 September 2018

USA 2017 Hot Wheels

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released its annual Hot Wheels report, which identifies the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States. The report examines vehicle theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and determines the vehicle…

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17 September 2018

Manipur: Man lynched on suspicion of vehicle theft, five arrested

A 26-year-old man was lynched in Manipur’s Imphal West district on Thursday after being accused of stealing a vehicle by local residents, police said. Five people were arrested on Friday for the lynching, including a personnel of India Reserve Battalion (IRB).

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14 September 2018

Meath jeep thefts leave gardaí ‘baffled’

The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) has asked farmers to be vigilant in Meath after the theft of the 15th Land Cruiser in three months has left gardai baffled

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