Fighting Auto Theft with Detective Phil Ens – December 2 & 3, 2021

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Retired Vancouver Police Detective Phil Ens will walk you through the latest in auto and marine theft techniques from shaved keys, changing VIN/ HIN to how the internet is being used to manipulate individuals and corporations alike out of their property. Det. Ens was an auto theft investigator for more than 24 years and is a court-recognized expert. He has spoken across North America on this subject.

Dates and Time:December 2, 2021 between 1300-1600
December 3, 2021 between 0900-1200
(Two half-day training sessions)
Location:Online via Zoom (details will be sent after registration)
Price:Individual pricing: $129
Group rate (7-11) or corporate pricing: $799
Please contact us for groups of 12 or more people.
Understanding Auto Theft is for: All auto insurance companies, auto dealers, marine dealers, fraud and insurance investigators, and all law enforcement organizations – specifically specializing in property crime, fraud, auto theft, marine, patrol, or general duties.


  1. Current Auto Theft Methods
    Learn about shaved keys and ignition compromising techniques, catalytic converter thefts, cloning of keyless entries and how receivers can be used to steal transponder information.
  2. Tools and Techniques
    Information about the current auto theft trends, investigations, prevention tactics, GPS, RFID tracking, cameras, and “Bait Property”.
  3. Marine Theft
    Discuss today’s theft issues from boats, PWC’s and motors. Learn how to locate the secondary HIN, how the re-HINing of stolen watercraft is done and how to deal with Transport Canada regarding their registration abilities.
  4. Auto Theft and the Internet
    Examine a case study on how criminals sold stolen car parts online from over 20 high end automobiles. Learn how the “Bait and Switch” was used to obtain these cars and how parts from six of them were used to build one of the suspect’s vehicles.
  5. The Auto Wrecker Atrocity
    Walkthrough of the investigation of a corrupt auto wrecker including the disposal methods of stolen and fraudulently obtained cars.

This training session is hosted by the charitable organization Odd Squad Productions ( and the not-for-profit Law Enforcement Training Association (

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