Media Advisory - IBC hosts 2009 Auto Theft Export Summit

    Combating the organized theft of vehicles which threatens our safety and
    security - May 6 and May 7, 2009

    OTTAWA, May 4 /CNW/ - Auto theft is 'big business' in North America and
on the rise globally. Organized crime gangs routinely ship stolen vehicles
overseas to fund operations or to 'chop shops' where their parts are sold for
huge profits. This growing involvement of organized crime in auto theft is a
threat to our safety and security. Auto theft not only funds organized crime
but also terrorism.
    Auto theft costs Canadians over $1 billion each year, including police,
court costs, medical services and other expenses. In 2007, auto theft cost
insurers $542 million, or $35 for each auto insurance policy. The number of
thefts across Canada dropped by 9% in 2007, but recovery rates also continue
to decline. Low recovery rate is a strong indicator of organized criminal
activity because it means vehicles are being exported, chopped for parts or
re-identified and sold to unsuspecting consumers.
    On May 6 and 7, key players in law enforcement, the federal government,
and the insurance industry from across Canada and the United States will
gather in Ottawa to attend The 2009 Auto Theft Export Summit, the 13th annual
meeting of the North American Export Committee (NAEC), organized to stop the
illicit exportation of stolen vehicles. Hosted by Insurance Bureau of Canada,
the two-day event allows delegates to strengthen alliances and share valuable
information and ideas to curtail vehicle theft for export, which remains a
staple of organized crime. A wide variety of speakers, topics, and panel
discussions will be featured.
    The Summit will take place on Wednesday, May 6th and Thursday, May 7th at
The Westin Ottawa (Confederation III Room), 11 Colonel By Drive. The colourful
Opening Ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. with a pipe and drum band and flag
bearers, followed by welcoming remarks by Richard Dubin, Vice-President,
Investigative Services, IBC.
    To underscore the importance the Canadian government places on auto theft
crime and the involvement of organized crime, The Honourable Rob Nicholson,
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Andrew Scheer, M.P.
(Regina-Qu'Appelle), will address the summit. Other speakers include Ronald
Koziol, Assistant Section Chief - Violent Crime Section, Criminal
Investigative Division, FBI; Bob Cullen, RCMP - National Ports Enforcement
Team, Ports of Halifax; and Jim Spiller, Chairman, NAEC, National Vehicle
Service. All media are welcome.

    The North American Export Committee was established in 1995 by
representatives from Canada and the United States to explore ways of improving
export reporting, analysis and interdiction methods. Mexico has since become a
member. NAEC's objective is to develop an export program based on best
practices that can be implemented by all North American ports. Model
provisions include: electronic reporting of all exported vehicles; timely,
efficient response to trouble messages; enforcement; and non-intrusive
container scanning.

    Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national industry association
representing Canada's private home, car and business insurers. Its member
companies represent nearly 95% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance
market in Canada. The P&C insurance industry employs over 110,000 Canadians,
pays more than $6 billion in taxes to the federal, provincial and municipal
governments, and has a total premium base of $38 billion. To view news
releases and information, visit the media section of IBC's website at

For further information:

For further information: or to confirm your attendance at the Summit,
please contact: Ellen Woodger at (416) 483-2358 or James Geuzebroek at (416)
362-2031 x436

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