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

16 November 2018

VW now lets Apple users unlock their cars with Siri

VW announced on Monday that its smartphone app now supports Siri commands for Apple users. Notably, Apple users can now unlock and lock their Volkswagen with a Siri voice command.

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13 November 2018

Sharp rise in patent applications for self-driving vehicles in Europe,…

A study published today, 6 November 2018, by the European Patent Office (EPO) reveals that innovation in self-driving vehicles (SDV) is accelerating fast and finds that patent protection strategies in the area of self-driving vehicle technology more closely resemble those in the information and…

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9 November 2018

2017 Germany: Most-Frequently Stolen Car Brands and Models

In 2017, Volkswagen, Audi and BMW were the car brands most frequently stolen in Germany. However, per number of insured cars, the theft risk was the highest for Land Rover and Porsche owners. The total numbers of car stolen in Germany in 2017 was at a decade low although the cost to insurers increased…

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5 November 2018

Police warning as Ford Fiestas are stolen and stripped for parts

A certain make and model of car is being stripped of parts or stolen in what is becoming a crime wave. Police in one region have warned Ford Fiesta owners because the cars are being targeted there due to their new automatic key-less unlocking system.

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31 October 2018

NICB Releases 2018 Annual Holiday Vehicle Theft Report

22,770 VEHICLES STOLEN ON 11 HOLIDAYS DES PLAINES, Ill., Oct. 30, 2018 — New data released today by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) shows a total of 22,770 vehicles were reported stolen on the 11 holidays in 2017 covered in this report. NICB theft data is pulled from the National…

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29 October 2018

Arrest made as stolen car ‘chop shop’ uncovered in Laois

Gardaí have sealed off premises on the Laois Kildare border which its believed was operating as an organised crime 'chop shop' for stolen cars. A man, who is aged in his early 30s but not local, was arrested on Thursday morning, October 24 in the Ballylinan area of east Laois on the Castlecomer…

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23 October 2018

Watch thieves stealing a Tesla through keyfob hack and struggling miserably…

There have been strings of Tesla thefts in the UK that appear to be organized and now two of the thieves responsible were caught on camera stealing a Tesla Model S through a keyfob relay hack

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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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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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