The Role of Smart Devices in the Detection of Vehicle Theft Related Criminal Offenses

13 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2023

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Fatos Haziri

University for Business and Technology (UBT)

Enver Buçaj

University of Prizren

Date Written: January 19, 2023


The computer is a technological device that is largely used by detectives, police patrols, supervisors, and managers, but also by perpetrators of criminal offenses. Today, computer systems make it easier to identify documents, identify vehicle data such as vehicle identification numbers, year of manufacture, vehicle owner, vehicle technical data e.g. weight, driving power, whether they are wanted vehicles or appear on the list of stolen vehicles, etc. However, despite the positive aspect, computers are largely being used for criminal purposes, by perpetrators of criminal offenses who know how to exploit the wide range of these systems. They may be persons who, with little instruction, are able to create successful counterfeiting operations. Therefore, investigators must be aware of these possibilities, as well as be specialized in examining computers. “Many law enforcement agencies have specifically established separate forensic information systems sections to address this issue. It is important to collect data digitally. This would best be done by IT experts, especially computer experts, who can best take measures to preserve evidence in case of confiscation of computers”. Computer systems have been used in many cases of vehicle theft and forgery, so this should be taken into account by police investigators.

Understanding computer and database systems is important in the stolen vehicle detection process. In the US, investigators can by means of computer software automatically compare data from the Department of Motor Vehicle Registration with data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) - a non-profit organization that supports law enforcement agencies in facilitating identification, detection and prosecution of perpetrators of insurance fraud crimes”. Such a program is also used by other countries, mainly those that are part of international security organizations, such as INTERPOL.

Keywords: auto crime, smart devices

Suggested Citation

Haziri, Fatos and Buçaj, Enver, The Role of Smart Devices in the Detection of Vehicle Theft Related Criminal Offenses (January 19, 2023). Available at SSRN: or

Fatos Haziri (Contact Author)

University for Business and Technology (UBT) ( email )

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Enver Buçaj

University of Prizren ( email )

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Prizren, Kosovo 20000

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