IAATI Training Seminar

Our president Mike Briggs attended the most recent international training seminar in South Africa. Here is a brief overview from Mike during his time there.

65th IAATI International Training Seminar.
27 August 2017 to 1 September 2017.
Cape Town South Africa.
“Break the Crime Cycle”

Hosted by IAATI, IAATI SAB and the South African Police.
The seminar brought together IAATI members from over 26 countries in the World. The UK Branch was represented by myself as your President. In attendance from our Branch was John O’Byrne our UK Secretary in his capacity as Legal adviser for International IAATI, Martin Coyne of Digitpol with one guest and Barry Fullbrook from Hertz.

The conference was opened by the Minister of Police the honourable Mr Fikile Mbalula with the South African Police colour guard presenting the colours. This was an opportunity then for the presentation of the IAATI Award of Merit and other industry investigation awards where members were recognised for their achievements in the industry. Every branch provided a brief overview of the current theft threats in their region. Monday morning consisted of the economic impact of vehicle crime, vulnerability of today’s vehicle systems ie hacking and digital fraud. The afternoon commenced with interconnectivity of vehicle crime, the presentation of the Gold Sponsor Tracker Connect, crime mapping in South Africa, an update by the Insurance Crime Bureau of South Africa.

Tuesday commenced with a plenary by the National Prosecuting Authority on signal blocking devices, Mercedes Benz South Africa continued with the theme of security and vehicle crime with Chris McDonald of Maryland USA Vehicle Theft Council presenting on Auto Theft Prevention Authority functions. The morning continued with presentations on vehicle arson from Australia organised vehicle crime in South Africa and insurance fraud and the power of data from the South African perspective.
The afternoon opened with cross border movements of vehicles in Africa, VIN and basic vehicle identification followed by accident staging, international organised vehicle crime and finishing with vehicle finance fraud.

Wednesday opened with asset forfeiture in South Africa with Interpol presenting on vehicles in terrorism. NaTIS friend or foe being presented by the traffic management centre of South Africa with intelligent licence plate recognition from Metagrated. The morning continued with commercial vehicle crime with an update on cellular technology, both given by the South African Police Service. The morning was closed by a presentation on the use of rental vehicles in crime given by Budget and Europcar.
Phillip Opperman from the Gold sponsor Recoveri gave a presentation on the use and benefit of Recoveri microdots as an investigative tool. Miss C Sutherland of Holland Specialist Risk and liability did a presentation on Cyber Crime and the impact of the risk landscape in the Insurance industry.
Presentations in the afternoon covered bait car, cloned vehicles and motor cycle crime.
The afternoon was brought to a close with a vehicle crime international overview by Interpol, designing out vehicle crime by myself and microdot investigative techniques, jointly presented by Recoveri and Datadot.

Thursday opened with a presentation from Mr Juan Facundo Flores, the District Attorney International Association of Specialised Investigation Units, Argentina on the Quinteros clan “the Criminal Organisation behind the family”. This was followed by a talk on the accreditation by Argentine Universities for IAATI training by Ana Laura Brizuela of the Office of Public Prosecutors, Buenos Aires. Advanced telematics technology in the short-term insurance industry by Discovery Insure.
Diamond sponsor Zonke Unicode made an announcement about their new system and its effectiveness against crime. The morning continued with the use of asset forfeiture, South African drivers licence identification and cargo/freight theft. In the afternoon, the IAAATI SAB and IAATI International AGM’s were held.

On the Thursday evening the delegates gathered for the Banquet where further Awards were given to industry recipients and the incoming boards for IAATI Southern AFRICA and IAATI International were introduced. The delegates were given a short overview by North East Regional Chapter President Detective Joseph Guidice was given on the 2018 seminar to be held on the 06 August in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.

Friday morning started with a presentation from the Insurance Crime Bureau on Southern African vehicle crime and an update by brigadier General Leonie Ras of the South African Police Service on forensic investigations. A missing persons and vehicle crime presentation was given by Lt Col Fanny Van Deventer of the South African Police Service and the presentations closing by a presentation on truck hijacking from Secure Logistics.

The conference closed with a membership update from IAATI 3rd Vice President Mr Paul Thomas of Australia and a message from the incoming Southern African Branch President Mr Motsamai Mollo and International President JD Hough.

Lt General Nikoma of the Divisional Commissioner Detective Service, South Africa Police Service closed the seminar.

The presentations will be available to all members of IAATI at https://www.iaati.org/

The UK Branch National Vehicle Crime Conference is already in planning with similar topics and is a two-day conference held in Loughborough, Leicestershire on the 6th and 7th June 2018.

You should also know that on the 15th September 2019 the UK branch will host in Glasgow Scotland the 67th International Training Seminar which is a five-day event and includes an Expo on vehicle crime solutions. The UK Branch has extended an invitation to the European Branch to join with us in co-hosting this event.

If you are interested in receiving the supporters package or delegates material for either of these events and register please contact jobyrne@iaati.org or myself at mbriggs@iaati.org

We hope to see you at both.
Mike Briggs
UK President