Car theft victims are frequently waiting more than seven days longer for insurance payouts due to the new National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and Association of British Insurers (ABI) data sharing agreement.
Analysis by Claims Management & Adjusting (CMA) saw a sharp rise in theft case resolution times during the fourth quarter of 2022, following the introduction of the latest NPCC/ABI National Guidance on Data Sharing in August.
Philip Swift, a former detective and now managing director of CMA, said: “The new Guidance is a retrograde step. It complicates the access essential for loss adjusting and introduces an additional layer of bureaucracy, to the detriment of motor policyholders. Frustratingly, after 20 years of seamless work, a crime report can no longer be sent to a loss adjuster acting on behalf of an insurer, only directly to the insurer.
“To make matters worse, most constabularies still send this information by snail mail. Claims handlers at insurance companies then have to forward it on, either electronically or, again, by post. No wonder we’re seeing delays! Thankfully some constabularies appear to understand this is not the best guidance and continue to deal with us directly. There are other workarounds too, but these require more time-consuming consent paperwork. It is all so unnecessary and problematic, especially for suspected fraud when time is of the essence.”
Swift is urging the ABI and NPCC to revise the wording of its guidance or to revert to the previous 2014 text.
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