CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT

Public Affairs Office

1100 Cultural Park Blvd

Cape Coral, FL 33990

239-574-0642

NICB, Police and Insurance Companies Team to Combat Insurance Fraud

(February 9, 2012)- 48 Law Enforcement Officers representing the Cape Coral and Fort Myers Police Departments and the Florida Highway Patrol's DOT Division teamed up with the NICB and 23 insurance agents to crack down on auto insurance fraud. According to figures from the NICB, millions of dollars are being paid out daily for automobile insurance fraud. Much of that is passed along to law abiding drivers.

Officers conducted a wolf pack style roving patrol operation, pulling over drivers for moving violations. The officers went a step further and verified the driver's insurance by running the policy number through one of the 4 Cape Coral Police dispatchers who were assigned to the operation. The dispatchers, who were stationed in a room with the insurance agents, provided the agents with the policy information. The agents were able to instantly verify the insurance and detect fraudulent cards. That information was then relayed back to the officers who were on the traffic stops.

Ø In all, 279 traffic stops were conducted during the 8am-2pm operation.

Ø 9 tickets were issued for criminal traffic violations

Ø 63 tickets were issued for moving violations

Ø 31 tickets were issued for non-moving violations

Ø FMPD made one physical arrest for driving on a suspended license (multiple suspensions)

Ø FHP/DOT conducted 8 commercial vehicle inspections, removing 3 vehicles from Southwest Florida roadways for violations

Ø No fraudulent insurance cards were discovered

The NICB as well as the Law Enforcement agencies would like to thank the following companies for partnering to combat auto insurance:

SENTRY

PEAK

Sentry Select

Sentry P/Dairyland

Viking

DIRECT

MENDOTA

STATE FARM

ALLSTATE

LIBERTY MUTUAL

KEMPER/UNITRIN

AUTO-OWNERS INS

Anything Owners

WINDHAVEN

MET LIFE

GEICO

MERCURY

TRAVELER

GMAC

FARMERS

21ST Century

Security Watson

Bristol-West

Foremost

INFINITY

NATION WIDE

TITON

Victorian

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