Referrals for questionable claims on automotive glass fraud have been progressively decreasing over the last three years. The National Insurance Crime Bureau reported a 49-percent drop for these referrals over the prior year when looking at the first three quarters of the year.
Overall, questionable automotive glass fraud claim referrals came in at 299 for the period, compared to 584 in the previous year. In 2011, the total was 659 for the first three quarters.
Out of all the categories reviewed by the NICB, this was the biggest decline, according to officials.
Other categories analyzed included questionable vehicle theft, hail damage, auto repair/body shop referrals and more.
For auto repair and body shops, questionable claim referrals came in at 2,051 for the first three quarters, up 9 percent over the previous year. This total was 1,890 in 2012.
Across the board, questionable claim referrals on vehicles were up 4 percent in comparison to 2012.
“Questionable vehicle theft (auto, boat, heavy equipment, etc.) referrals are the highest vehicle referral reason in terms of volume,” NICB officials wrote in a statement.
These came in at 9,210 for the first three quarters of this year, down 1 percent, compared to 9,329 in the prior year.
The NICB is a not-for-profit organization that is supported by 1,110 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations.
The NICB says its mission is to “prevent, detect and defeat insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, training, legislative advocacy and public awareness.”