Fake IDs Help Criminals Steal Rental Cars

According to statistics from the FBI, there were nearly 700,000 motor vehicle thefts around the nation in 2013.

According to statistics from the FBI, there were nearly 700,000 motor vehicle thefts around the nation in 2013. The National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that rental car thefts in particular have been on the rise for the past five years. In 2014, the NICB found 641 rental cars before the rental car companies even called in to report them as stolen.

Criminals Using Stolen Or Fake ID Cards

The NICB found that criminals use doctored and stolen ID cards to rent cars. After renting cars with fake IDs, they then use the cars to commit crimes. Some car thieves take the vehicle to a neighboring lot, dismantle it, and sell the parts to buyers and auto repair shops. Entire vehicles are harder to steal and sell, but stolen car parts are easier to move. The car thieves will also use the vehicles to commit other crimes before disassembling the car and selling its parts. Because rental car companies are so slow to catch fake IDs and stolen cars, some car thieves have gotten away with renting as many as seven cars from the same company without being noticed.

The car thieves will also use the vehicles to commit other crimes before disassembling the car and selling its parts. Because rental car companies are so slow to catch fake IDs and stolen cars, some car thieves have gotten away with renting as many as seven cars from the same company without being noticed.

In San Francisco, auto thefts went up by 16% in 2015. This was largely due to the availability of rental cars, which can be stolen for new parts. Zipcar, a car rental company owned by Avis Budget Group, noticed that their rental cars were being heavily targeted by car thieves. Over the course of six weeks, 76 short-term rental Zipcars were stolen in San Francisco. In New York, criminals were able to steal 20 high-end Zipcars. They used fraudulent access cards to make off with BMWs and Audis. Rental car companies are big targets for parts because they have new and high-end models available. The FBI says that they find missing rental car parts in shipping containers headed across the ocean to countries in Eastern Europe and Latin America.

Rental car companies are big targets for parts because they have new and high-end models available. The FBI says that they find missing rental car parts in shipping containers headed across the ocean to countries in Eastern Europe and Latin America.

Fake IDs Are Hard To Track

Authorities have found it difficult to trace back stolen car parts to criminals because the car parts do not have any identifying markings on them. Car thieves go after generic car parts since they are easier to resell to repair shops. Authorities also have trouble breaking up crime rings because car thieves are using fake and stolen IDs to rent cars. With the use of fake IDs, the easiest way for authorities to catch car thieves is when they’re in the middle of committing a crime. San Francisco’s Zipcar thief was caught when she parked a stolen Zipcar in front of her house.

Officials also have trouble breaking up crime rings because car thieves are using fake and stolen IDs to rent cars. With the use of fake IDs, the easiest way for authorities to catch car thieves is when they’re in the middle of committing a crime. San Francisco’s Zipcar thief was caught when she parked a stolen Zipcar in front of her house.

Car rental companies can prevent thefts by making it harder for criminals to use fake and stolen IDs to rent cars by using card.

Acuant’s card scanning technology ensures compliance by collecting accurate, verified, and authenticated data. Acuant’s idScan can verify driver’s licenses from all 50 states, and scan for fake IDs. Acuant takes all of the information from driver’s licenses and auto-populates it into forms, so car rental companies know that the data they have about their customers is accurate. By using Acuant’s card scanning technology, rental car companies can stop criminals from stealing cars and parts with fake IDs.