In The Current Problems and Solutions with Examinations on reported stolen Vehicles automobile expert witness Rob Painter writes that expert witnesses who do stolen vehicle examinations should have proper training, not only in locks, but burn debris analysis, security system analysis, steering column locking mechanism understanding, and in general how and why vehicles are stolen.
There have been many times over the years that investigators asked me if I thought the insured committed fraud. In this case it does not matter what I think and that determination I am not qualified to do. I also cannot determine if a vehicle is stolen and neither can anyone else unless they were a party to the crime. All the examiner should be concerned about is how that vehicle last operated under its own power last.