Part 3: NICB and Hurricane Katrina: A 10-Year Retrospective

Over 300,000 Vehicles Damaged, Where are They Now?

Aug 26, 2015, 06:00 ET from National Insurance Crime Bureau

DES PLAINES, Ill., Aug. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Each day this week the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) is releasing segments of a five-part documentary video that provides first-hand recollections of NICB employees and law enforcement personnel as they reflect on their roles in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Recognizing the unprecedented number of vehicles that were flooded or otherwise damaged from Katrina, NICB dispatched teams to the region and established the Gulf Coast Task Force (GCTF) which operated from two locations: Baton Rouge, La. and Mobile, Ala. Over the next several months, NICB personnel from all over the United States were rotated through the GCTF where they worked side-by-side with state and local law enforcement officers in identifying and cataloging the thousands of damaged vehicles that littered every part of New Orleans and Mobile—and most points in between—in Nature's random display of destruction.

Video release schedule:

Monday, Part 1: Multistate Devastation     
Tuesday, Part 2: NICB's Initial Response 
Wednesday, Part 3: Vehicle Identification 
Thursday, Part 4: Coast to Coast Impact
Friday, Part 5: Birth of VINCheckSM

Today's video covers the challenges and creativity applied to the tremendous task of identifying damaged vehicles.

Anyone with information concerning insurance fraud or vehicle theft can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 800-TEL-NICB (800-835-6422), texting keyword "fraud" to TIP411 (847411) or submitting a form on our website. Or, download the NICB Fraud Tips app on your iPhone or Android device.

About the National Insurance Crime Bureau: Headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation's leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, training, legislative advocacy and public awareness. The NICB is supported by more than 1,100 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote over $395 billion in insurance premiums in 2014, or more than 78 percent of the nation's property/casualty insurance. That includes more than 93 percent ($176 billion) of the nation's personal auto insurance. To learn more visit www.nicb.org.

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