HALIFAX, Nov. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the
proud recipient of the New Brunswick Crime Prevention Association's
Business Excellence Award for its development of the New Brunswick
Provincial Auto Theft Network (NB PATNET). The award recognizes
organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to crime
prevention in their communities.
IBC co-founded PATNET in 2010 to build partnerships between the property
and casualty insurance industry and law enforcement agencies in order
to combat auto theft. The network links police officers across the
province and IBC's auto theft and fraud investigators through ongoing
training programs such as the popular Red Flags at the Roadside seminars and regular communication and information sharing.
"IBC is honoured to receive this award. PATNET is an important tool that
has successfully helped law enforcement officials reduce auto theft and
fraud in the Atlantic region. And it has great potential to reduce
crime in other parts of the country. In fact, our plan is to launch
this network nationally," says Amanda Dean, IBC's Vice-President,
"The Crime Prevention Association is pleased to present our Business
Excellence Award to the Insurance Bureau of Canada and, in particular,
to Mr. Guy Ouellette in recognition of his outstanding contribution to
crime prevention initiatives in the community," says Linda Patterson,
chair, New Brunswick Crime Prevention Association.
"Without the investment of IBC and the commitment of Guy Ouellette,
PATNET would not be in existence. We thank you for your continued
support of crime prevention initiatives in our province," added
"NB PATNET is a local solution for breaking down the communication
barriers between our law enforcement community. The sharing of
information has never been better in my 36 years investigating stolen
vehicles. NB PATNET works and will serve as the model for other
jurisdictions," says Guy Ouellette, Auto Theft Investigator, Atlantic
PATNET expanded into Nova Scotia in September, providing initial
training seminars to 40 law enforcement officers from across that
province. PATNET will expand into Prince Edward Island and across the
rest of the country in the near future.
PATNET's success stories include investigations in both Ontario and
Quebec that resulted in the recovery of commercial cargo loads that had
been stolen in New Brunswick. These successes demonstrate the need for
continued knowledge sharing and partnerships between insurers and the
law enforcement community.
About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national industry association
representing Canada's private home, car and business insurers. Its
member companies represent 90% of the property and casualty (P&C)
insurance market in Canada. The P&C insurance industry employs over
118,600 Canadians, pays more than $7 billion in taxes to the federal,
provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium base of
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SOURCE: Insurance Bureau of Canada
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Chair, New Brunswick Crime Prevention Association