Nova Scotia Provincial Auto Theft Network Across the country, auto theft and fraud costs Canadians nearly $500 million each year. Who Is Part of NS PATNET?Nova Scotia PATNET (NS PATNET) consists of 35 members and was formed in 2013. It is funded by Équité's investigative services (formerly of IBC), as well as local sponsors from the insurance, salvage and automobile industries. In addition to IBC’s auto theft investigators, members include:Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)Municipal policeDepartment of Natural ResourcesCanadian Border Services Agency (CBSA)Service Nova Scotia.NS PATNET training focuses on vital information that every frontline enforcement officer should know. Once each participant completes the training, he or she becomes the go-to person within his or her department for this information. Participants may also request assistance from other PATNET members.How PATNET Fights Auto Theft and FraudPATNET shares information, professional training and support between the property and casualty insurance industry and law enforcement agencies. Red Flags at the Roadside is a program that: 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 vehiclesProvides instruction on the authority of law enforcement to conduct searches and seizures under the Criminal Code and provincial statutes relating to fraud.Across the Atlantic ProvincesPATNET expanded its operations 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. Take the Time. Report the CrimeInsurance crime isn’t always the work of organized groups or gangs running auto theft or insurance crime rings as a business. It can also involve normally law-abiding citizens who attempt to make a few extra dollars by padding an otherwise legitimate claim. So, You've Had an AccidentAccidents are stressful, but stay calm, and use this form to record important details. Related ServicesAuto TheftOn average, a car is stolen every 3.5 minutes in Canada. Top 10 Stolen Cars Each year, IBC produces a list of the top 10 stolen vehicles in Canada. IBC also reports on the top 10 stolen vehicles and trends in organized auto theft for specific regions in Canada. Cargo Theft Each year, cargo theft costs the Canadian economy $5 billion. All too often, cargo theft goes unreported. IBC leads a national cargo theft reporting program with the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA). Useful LinksInsurance Crime IBC provides investigative services to help contain the premiums of honest Canadian policyholders. Insurance FraudInsurance fraud is serious business and costs us all. Think the fender bender you saw might not have been so accidental? Crisis Management: Loss PreventionBy practising safe driving techniques, you can prevent a collision. If you are in a collision, watch out for repair shop scams and other preventable costs.