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Salvage yard reporting law netting stolen vehicles

Posted January 2, 2014

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— Forty-one stolen vehicles have been recovered in North Carolina since a new reporting requirement for salvage yards went into effect a month ago, the state Division of Motor Vehicles said Thursday.

The North Carolina Scrap Vehicle Reporting System requires metals recyclers and salvage yards to verify whether a vehicle brought to them without a title and more than 10 model years old has been reported stolen prior to purchase. With access to the system, the recyclers can cross-reference DMV files.

If a vehicle is reported stolen, the system notifies the salvage yard or recycling business to stop the purchase of the vehicle and to notify local law enforcement. If the vehicle isn't reported stolen, the system allows the sale to continue, requiring a copy or scanned image of the seller’s driver license and identifying information about the vehicles to be maintained by the business.

The system continues to check each vehicle’s status for up to 30 days. The salvage yard won't be held liable if the motor vehicle later turns out to be stolen.

The DMV's License and Theft Bureau has already received 41 reports of stolen vehicles, stopping 22 from being sold to salvage yards and confiscating 19 following sales, officials said.

There were almost 15,900 stolen vehicles in North Carolina in 2012.

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  • smcallah Jan 3, 2014

    "41/month recovered vs nearly 16,000/year stolen. Doesn't sound like it's making much of a dent in the crime to me."

    This law is about SCRAP YARDS calling in cars without titles to see if they are stolen. Not all cars stolen are taken to scrap yards. Many are stolen and recovered after a joy ride. Many are stolen and taken to chop shops and sold as parts. Some are stolen and shipped out of state and out of country to be sold.

    No where in the article does it say all 16k cars stolen in NC are taken to scrap yards and that only 41 were recovered from that. You are the one that put those things together, wrongly.

    I guess according to you, we shouldn't have laws against theft in general, since most of the time nothing is recovered even if the person is arrested. Might as well not have a law if you can't recover your stuff, huh?

  • Lone Voice in the Wilderness Jan 3, 2014

    @Life-goes-on: I guess laws should only be enacted if they are 100% successful at deterring crime?

    The "all or nothing" mentality never ceases to amaze me. At least now, there is a chance to improve the situation. Before, we had nothing.

  • ecoley2 Jan 3, 2014

    This law should have been in effect from the very beginning. There should have been proof of ownership before a strap yard purchased or crush these vehicles. Maybe I would still have the three auto's two which were my late father's which carried a lot of sentimental value.!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Life-goes-on. Jan 3, 2014

    41/month recovered vs nearly 16,000/year stolen. Doesn't sound like it's making much of a dent in the crime to me.

  • pinball wizard Jan 2, 2014

    Next, something can be done about those people that steal and recycle manhole covers. A good start would be that you have to be a city employee to sell one and the money has to go to the city.

    Don't know anybody that has spare manhole covers sitting around.

  • landonsgrampa Jan 2, 2014

    T-Man...That would be called "complete disclosure" from a government agency. While you make an excellent point, the idea of disclosure is a wasted thought, when it comes to any government. Secrets make money.

  • common tater Jan 2, 2014

    Would like to know how many arrests. Maybe now we'll see less "Buying Junk Vehicles" spammers on craigslist.

  • amberjean929 Jan 2, 2014

    That is a good point!

  • T-Man Jan 2, 2014

    "Forty-one stolen vehicles have been recovered in North Carolina since a new reporting requirement for salvage yards went into effect a month ago, the state Division of Motor Vehicles said Thursday."

    While that is a lovely statistic, it's rather worthless without knowing how many vehicles were recovered before the new law went into effect!

  • amberjean929 Jan 2, 2014

    This is wonderful news!! I can not even tell you how many of my father's vehicles were moved from his property and scrapped, by drug addict kids that would not "work" for money, while he was out of state. Some of them we knew and all I could do was threaten to call police; which I did, but got nothing from it. We couldn't do anything else except call the salvage companies and ask for them to be on the look out. We pretty much got laughed at. This should have been going on YEARS ago.