Conference to crack down on auto theft underway in Lexington

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Hundreds gathered for the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators Regional Conference on Monday at the Embassy Suites on Newtown Pike.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Hundreds gathered for the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators Regional Conference on Monday at the Embassy Suites on Newtown Pike.

Organizers say the event includes police investigators, insurance personnel and auto manufacturers. Those in attendance came from several different states.

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Det. Sgt. Skip Copeland, from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, says their goal is to learn the latest in trends as it relates to auto theft and then take that information back with them to come up with a plan of action for vehicle programs, insurance fraud, etc.

“People want to steal cars to be used in different crimes, they want to steal it for drugs, they want to steal it for selling parts, there’s just so many different ways,” explained Copeland.

Nathan McGanty, the President of the Southeast Chapter of International Association of Auto Theft Investigations, says one of the biggest things they see are crimes of opportunity.



“A lot of the things we see is keys left in cars, there’s new technology coming from overseas that we have to combat, so there’s ever-evolving change in what’s going on. And I don’t think it’s ever going to go away, hopefully lessen, but we always have to adapt,” said McGanty.

For more information on the organization, click HERE.