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

14 December 2017

Four Retired Detroit Cops Plead Guilty In Wildly Elaborate Stolen Car Scheme

An explosive investigation into corruption at the Detroit Police Department blew open on Wednesday, when authorities announced that four officers pleaded guilty to extortion charges related to the scheme, while two more were indicted on separate charges. The officers accepted bribes from auto collision…

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11 December 2017

Stolen removal van smashes through a dozen cars after rampaging through…

A huge removal van rammed past police cars and caused tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage as its driver led a pursuit through residential streets. Pictures reveal the aftermath of the chase in which witnesses say the stolen removal van destroyed at least three cars and damaged around a dozen…

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8 December 2017

Vehicle thefts spike in Essex County

Vehicle thefts in Essex County jumped 14 per cent between 2015 and 2016 according to information released Thursday by the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

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4 December 2017

In UP, a vehicle is stolen every 15 minutes, shows NCRB data

AGRA: There seems to be no curb on the activities of automobile thieves in Uttar Pradesh, as the latest figures released by NCRB indicate that state has surpassed the previous record of such thefts.

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27 November 2017

Range Rovers, speed boats among $1.33M in stolen property seized by Calgary…

Two Range Rovers, a Dodge Ram truck and a several speed boats are among the dozens of pricey items recovered by Calgary police as part of lengthy operation by the Centralized Break and Enter Teams.

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24 November 2017

Please support the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (#WD0R) is commemorated every third Sunday of November

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21 November 2017

Thieves target Land Rovers in Shropshire

In the past few weeks police in Shropshire have received eight reports that Land Rovers have been stolen or subject to attempted thefts.

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15 November 2017

The ring was involved in the theft of at least 85 vehicles with which they…

The Spanish Guardia Civil, supported by the Bulgarian Police, Portuguese Police and Europol, have dismantled an international crime group dedicated to vehicle theft and the illicit trafficking of the vehicles from Spain to Europe. The operation resulted in the arrest of 19 individuals and the investigation…

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13 November 2017

Operation Taurus – Greece and Europol dismantle an organized crime group

The Organized Crime Unit of the Hellenic Police, with the support of Europol, dismantled an organised criminal group engaged in migrant smuggling and document forgery. The organised crime group smuggled illegal migrants by air from Greece to the United Kingdom, using falsified documents. 20 persons have…

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10 November 2017

How gangs are targeting high-value cars in the West Midlands

Organised crime gangs stealing high-value cars to ship abroad or cut up for parts are becoming a "serious problem", a chief constable has said. The spike in offences, which has seen a rise in car-key burglaries and a spree of car-jackings in affluent areas, "has got to a level that's very intimidating",…

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