DES PLAINES, Ill. and RICHMOND, Texas, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and Ravelco today announced an agreement to provide the nearly 1,100 NICB member companies with a discount program for Ravelco's vehicle theft prevention system.
"Anyone who has had their car stolen knows the headaches and costs associated with their loss," said NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle. "While the number of thefts continues to decline, nearly a million vehicles are still being stolen each year and that's costing insurance companies and their customers millions of dollars every day. The technology provided by Ravelco is one of the layers of theft deterrence that we recommend to drivers. If you can't start the car, it's going to be very hard to steal it.
"We welcome this opportunity to provide our members with a pre-packaged discount program that they can offer to their policyholders. In return, Ravelco will also contribute a portion of each sale to the NICB to help us continue our mission."
In addition, vehicle owners may also order the Ravelco anti-theft device through the NICB website (www.nicb.org) for a discounted price.
Wehrle noted that NICB members write 93 percent of the private passenger automobile insurance in the U.S. and the NICB counts among its members the 31 largest property casualty insurance companies in terms of annual direct written premiums.
"The Ravelco Anti-Theft Device has been around for over 30 years and sold over four million units worldwide without one car ever being stolen by bypassing the device," said Richard Biscevic, president of the Ravelco Distributor's Association and California Ravelco. "We are arguably the best kept secret in the auto security business and we are honored to be the only immobilizer in the NICB program. The Ravelco works when people need it most: before the car is stolen. The partnership with the NICB expands our efforts to reduce auto theft in the U.S."
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 information analysis, investigations, training, legislative advocacy and public awareness. The NICB is supported by more than 1,000 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote nearly $343 billion in insurance premiums in 2008, or more than 82 percent of the nation's property/casualty insurance. To learn more visit www.nicb.org.
About Ravelco and the Ravelco Distributors Association: Based in Richmond Texas, the Ravelco Anti-Theft Device is the most effective auto security device available for any vehicle. Ravelco has been in business since 1976 and sold over four million units worldwide without a reported theft by bypassing a properly installed Ravelco. The Ravelco Distributors Association is a not-for-profit member organization comprised of authorized Ravelco distributors. For a complete list of authorized Ravelco Distributors, please visit http://www.ravelco.com/nicb.html.
SOURCE National Insurance Crime Bureau