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.

2 Oct 2018 to 5 Oct 2018 29th IAATI European Branch Annual Training Seminar - 2018

Next annual EB-IAATI Training Seminar will be held in Vilnius, Lithuania 3-5 October 2018 at Radisson Blu Hotel Konstiticijos av. 20, LT-2600 



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

23 April 2018

Illegal waste trafficking: how to make EUR 1.8 million from 200 000 used…

The Spanish Guardia Civil, with the support of Europol and Ameripol, dismantled a criminal group illegally trading used tyres in several countries across Africa, America and Europe.

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19 April 2018

Bid for unified car security standard on cellphone keys

INTERNATIONAL - Allianz, Europe’s largest insurer, called yesterday for a unified security standard to be used when cellphones supplant keys as the means to open and start cars.

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16 April 2018

A big part of Europe’s ambitious recycling plans has gone missing.

Every year, only about two-thirds of the 10 million end-of-life cars in Europe are recorded as having been deregistered and scrapped. The rest disappear, according to a European Commission report published this week. 

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13 April 2018

Europe-wide 24-hour speed marathon: 19/20 April

POLICE OFFICERS across Europe are preparing for their latest "Speed Marathon", taking place from 0600 on Thursday 19 April to 0600 on Friday 20 April. The 24-hour initiative forms part of TISPOL’s week-long speed enforcement operation, running from Monday 16 to Sunday 22 April.

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10 April 2018

12 years’ prison for “cocaine cowboys” pilot for stolen…

MIAMI (AP) - A smuggler who flew loads of drugs for Colombian cartels during Miami's "cocaine cowboys" era in the 1980s was sentenced to 12 years in prison Monday for using his old talents in a sophisticated auto theft ring.  

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7 April 2018

Car thieves go green: More electric and hybrid vehicles are stolen

The theft of electric cars is soaring and a total of 80 electric vehicles have been stolen so far this year, the car crime watchdog AVC said on Friday. Just 31 were taken in the first three months of last year, the organisation said.

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3 April 2018

20 hackers arrested in EUR 1 million banking phishing scam

A two-year long cybercrime investigation between the Romanian National Police and the Italian National Police, with the support of Europol, its Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT) and Eurojust, has led to the arrest of 20 suspects in a series of coordinated raids on 28 March. 9 individuals in Romania…

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28 March 2018

Theft of keyless Ford Fiestas soar as crooks use electronic devices from…

Britain's best-selling car – the Ford Fiesta – is being targeted by thieves who can override the keyless entry system using a £260 device available on eBay. Cleveland Police said that it's had 90 reports of keyless vehicle theft since December – with half of them being…

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21 March 2018

Car thefts go down, but fewer stolen vehicles are recovered

There was a 14% drop in the number of cars stolen in the Netherlands last year, but the recovery rate also continues to decline, the national statistics office CBS said on Wednesday. In total, 8,670 cars were stolen last year, a drop of 40% on 2010. The CBS puts the decline down to improved car security and alarms on new models.

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16 March 2018

Victoria Police warn thefts from vehicles on the rise

Victoria police are warning the public against leaving loose change and valuables in plain sight after a rise in vehicle thefts over the course of the last year. In 2016, there were a reported 158 thefts from vehicles across the downtown core, 32 of which occurred in parkades. In 2017, that number jumped…

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