IBC and CPKN sponsor initiative aimed at disrupting the criminal network
and defending against organized insurance scams
TORONTO, Feb. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC)
understands the frustration of consumers in Ontario who face the
highest auto insurance premiums in the country.
For the remainder of 2012, IBC and the Canadian Police Knowledge Network
(CPKN) are sponsoring free access for Canadian frontline police
officers to the Identifying Staged Collisions online training course. This will help police across Canada learn more
about the tactics of highly sophisticated and widespread auto fraud
rings and associated service supplier fraud.
"Insurance fraud is a serious problem right across Canada and we all pay
for it in the form of increased premiums. In terms of staged
collisions, at times, innocent drivers are drawn into these dangerous
situations and we hope this initiative will help police deal with the
crime," says Rick Dubin, Vice-President, Investigative Services, IBC.
"The more informed police officers are on this issue, the more we can
disrupt and disable these types of criminal operations."
Staged collisions, where accidents are orchestrated in order to collect
hefty insurance payouts, are becoming increasingly common in Canada's
urban centres. These activities not only put public safety at risk but
also contribute to skyrocketing insurance premiums for Canadians.
Insurance fraud is often linked to organized crime, the proceeds of
which are believed to fund other illegal activities within and beyond
Ontario's insurance industry, which has been hit the hardest, has
initiated measures to counteract auto-related fraud. In addition to
recent reforms that have been put into place by the Ontario government
to tighten auto insurance loopholes, IBC partnered with York Regional
Police to develop online training to educate frontline officers on how
to identify and investigate staged collisions. Identifying Staged Collisions is a 45-minute online course that uses videos to illustrate common
types of staged collision scenarios and provides information on the
various signs, indicators and behaviours that may characterize a staged
collision. It also describes techniques to properly investigate
suspected incidents that have links to service supplier fraud from
towers to medical clinics.
"More and more, our officers are called out to suspect collision
scenes," says Sergeant Tony Cummins, York Regional Police Training and
Education Bureau. "In cooperation with IBC experts, we've developed
this course to address a growing problem in our region. But it also
provides practical information that any responding officer, in any part
of the country, can use to recognize and investigate a staged
"This course is just one line of defence against a litany of organized
insurance scams," adds Dubin. "But we believe that making it accessible
to a national police audience will significantly improve the detection
and conviction of fraudsters."
"These types of partnerships lend incredible value to CPKN and the
Canadian police sector," says Sandy Sweet, President of CPKN. "By
taking advantage these types of learning opportunities, police officers
gain knowledge on topical issues, police services save on training
costs, and Canadians in general benefit from a more informed policing
About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national industry association
representing Canada's home, car and business insurers. Its member
companies represent 90% of the private property and casualty (P&C)
insurance market in Canada. The P&C insurance industry employs over
114,000 Canadians, pays more than $7 billion in taxes to the federal,
provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium base of
To view media releases and information, visit the Media Centre of IBC's
website at www.ibc.ca.
SOURCE INSURANCE BUREAU OF CANADA
For further information:
Erika Bennett at 416-362-2031 ext. 4312.