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New Brunswick Provincial Auto Theft Network


​​​​​​​​Each year, auto theft and fraud cost New Brunswickers approximately $4.5 million. In 2010, IBC joined forces with the Saint John Police Force and formed PATNET to combat auto theft. Across the country, auto theft and fraud costs Canadians nearly $500 million each year.​

Who Is Part of NB PATNET?

New Brunswick PATNET (NB PATNET) was formed in 2010 and is funded by IBC’s Investigative Services Division, as well as local sponsors from the insurance, salvage and automobile industries.



 

In June 2012, more than 100 law enforcement officials attended a Red Flags at the Roadside seminar in Dieppe, New Brunswick. As a PATNET event, the program: 

  • Provides information to help frontline officers recognize “red flags” that lead to the recovery of stolen vehicles
  • Shares examples of how criminals may attempt to disguise stolen vehicles
  • ​Provides instruction on the authority of law enforcement to conduct searches and seizures under the Criminal Code and provincial statutes relating to fraud.

PATNET shares information, professional training and support between the property and casualty insurance industry and law enforcement agencies. 

​How PATNET Fights Auto Theft and Fraud

PATNET operations expanded to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island in 2013. Initiated in the Atlantic provinces, this successful partnership represents a strong commitment between IBC and law enforcement officials to fight auto theft and fraud. 

As a cofounder, IBC provides training and workshops and participates in the sharing of information about jurisdictional trends and auto theft activity.