News release - 11/16/2011
Published 11/16/2011 (all press releases for this day)
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department
R. Jason Benites
OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT
(Oxnard, CA)The National Insurance Crime Bureau and California Casualty Insurance support the efforts of the Ventura County Auto Theft Task Force (VENCATT) by providing a vehicle for use during surveillance operations. California Casualty provided an SUV about six years ago for Oxnard Police and members of VENCATT to use in the fight against auto theft. More than 200 stolen vehicles have been recovered and many individuals arrested for auto theft and insurance related crimes.
The task force is a joint law enforcement effort. The lead agency is the California Highway Patrol supervised by Sergeant Anne Vaught. Other members of the task force include: Oxnard Police Department, Ventura County District Attorney’s office, California Department of Motor Vehicles, Port Hueneme Police Department, Ventura Police Department and the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
The cooperation of these agencies contributed to a six percent reduction in auto theft in Ventura County from 2009 to 2010. Partnerships such as this one between law enforcement and businesses can have a positive effect on crime.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau is a non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to fighting insurance fraud and crime and is the only organization in the United States that convenes the collective resources needed to prevent, detect and deter insurance fraud and auto theft. NICB acts as a link between law enforcement and the insurance industry.
California Casualty Insurance provides home and auto insurance to affinity groups such as law enforcement, teachers, nurses and firefighters. They provided the SUV which has been in use by Oxnard PD and VENCATT for several years.
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