The following is a Press Release from the Numismatic Crime Information Center (NCIC). It highlights the challenges that numismatic related crimes presented last year and the non-profit expect the trend of brazen thefts to continue. The release also points out some of the successes that the organization has had in the past year, in large part to the numismatic community sharing information about stolen coins and reporting those incidents. Coin buyers, collectors, dealers and other numismatic organizations have been instrumental in bringing some of these cases to justice.
During the past twelve months the numismatic criminal landscape has changed and NCIC investigators are seeing an increase in coin shop and vehicle burglaries, postal thefts and the fraudulent use of e-commerce and social media platforms. NCIC is in the forefront in collecting data, analyzing trends and patterns, and providing law enforcement, dealers, and collectors with an up-to-date intelligence picture of the emerging challenges and on-going threats within the numismatic industry. Criminals are becoming more brazen in their actions and we believe the trend will continue in 2022.
NCIC continues to be the main resource for victims and law enforcement during the investigation of numismatic crimes and provides law enforcement with case assistance 24 hours a day. NCIC’s email crime alert network continues to grow and provides a platform to immediately disseminate information on criminal offenses which is critical during numismatic investigations.
The many successes of NCIC are due to bridging the gap between law enforcement, the numismatic community, and numismatic industry. The cooperative efforts were clearly exemplified by the recent arrest of a suspect who attempted to sell coins stolen from the recent Baltimore coin show.
Numismatic crimes are often financially crippling to businesses and individuals. As the year comes to an end, I hope you will consider sending a tax-deductible donation to NCIC. Your monetary support will help NCIC continue providing free resources and assistance to law enforcement and victims across the country.
NCIC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 14080 Arlington, Texas 76094 or go to http://numismaticcrimes.org/donations/Have a safe and Happy New Year!