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The art of vehicle identity cloning is not new to the law enforcement community or the insurance industry. A specific method of vehicle cloning, salvage switching, dates back to the early 1970s, when salvage switching was used to hide the identities of stolen vehicles from law enforcement, insurance companies, departments of motor vehicles, and the public.

In response, the National Auto-mobile Theft Bureau, the predecessor to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, and the insurance industry began to track salvage vehicles by building a salvage reporting system. Insurance companies and salvage pools began reporting vehicle salvage information to NICB’s database. Years later, salvage switching to hide the identity of stolen vehicles and other vehicle-related crimes have been slowed due to the databases created and managed by the NICB.

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