DES PLAINES, Ill. and SHARON, Pa., Jan. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and Winner International announced today an agreement to provide the nearly 1,100 NICB member companies with a discount program for "The Club" steering wheel lock.
"Although nationally vehicle theft continues its downward trend, insurers still pay out millions of dollars for stolen vehicles that are never recovered," said NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle. "'The Club' has proven to be effective in deterring and reducing vehicle theft which helps keep insurance premiums down. 'The Club' is one of the most cost-effective devices on the market.
"This new agreement is a positive outgrowth from the long and mutually-supportive relationship between NICB and Winner International. We welcome this opportunity to provide our members with a pre-packaged discount program that they can offer to their policyholders. In return, Winner International will contribute a portion of each sale to the NICB to help us continue our mission."
In addition, vehicle owners may also order "The Club" through the NICB Web site (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 NICB provides essential efforts and services in the ongoing activities in combating the costly and dangerous crime of motor vehicle theft and other related crimes," said Garry F. Bonanno, Executive Director- Law Enforcement and Government Affairs, of Winner International. Bonanno added, "Winner International and 'The Club' have always respected and recognized the NICB for their outstanding commitment and the valuable services they provide in working closely with law enforcement against crime. We proudly support The NICB and their effective anti-crime efforts."
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 Winner International: Winner International Inc. is headquartered in Sharon, Pa. Having introduced their patented vehicle steering wheel lock in 1986, "The Club" created the category and quickly became synonymous with vehicle security as a top choice in mechanical security for cars, trucks, SUVs and vans. We believe crime prevention is everyone's business and responsibility. Working together, we will continue making positive differences against preventable crimes. For more information, visit www.theclub.com.
SOURCE National Insurance Crime Bureau