Targeting Numismatic Crime

NPA forms a new partnership with the Numismatic Crime Information Center

by Doug Davis, Founder/President NCIC

Numismatics: The study or collection of coins, paper money, and related items.

The Numismatic Crime Information Center (NCIC) is a non-profit whose mission is to serve as a national and international resource for collectors, dealers, and law enforcement in the education, prevention, and investigation of crimes involving coins, paper money, tokens, medals, and related numismatic items. For more information, email [email protected].

With the increasing prices of gold and silver, numismatic crime is on the rise and becoming more dangerous, and even deadly. To assist NPA members who deal in numismatics, the NPA has partnered with (NCIC).

In the past, numismatic crime investigations were hampered by lack of centralized and specialized resources. To address this problem, Doug Davis, former Chief of Police in Pantego, TX and a recognized expert in numismatic crime investigations, works to educate others about and help prevent such crimes. This resource is the first of its kind for the numismatic industry and law enforcement.

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NCIC provides a central location to report crimes and suspicious activities. All relevant information and data received from victims and individuals about numismatic crimes is compiled and indexed to help anticipate, analyze, prevent, and monitor potential criminal activity directed at or affecting the numismatic industry.

Dealer/Collector Resources

Numismatic crimes can be devastating to collectors and dealers. In some cases it can mean the difference in a comfortable retirement or the destruction of a successful business.

In most cases law enforcement agencies do not have officers or investigators with numismatic knowledge. However, through NCIC, collectors and dealers now have a new investigative resource to provide law enforcement officers when a crime is committed.

NCIC has developed resources that create a framework for conducting competent and productive numismatic investigations by providing a convenient and easy to use reporting system that alerts the appropriate law enforcement agencies of numismatic criminal activity.

Collector/Dealer Services

• Downloadable property loss and inventory forms
• Crime prevention training for collectors and dealers
• Assistance in the recovery of stolen numismatic property
• Support from NCIC after a report is filed
• A listing of major crime reports on the NCIC’s web page
• Dissemination of information within the numismatic community and law enforcement
• Liaison services between victims, law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges

Law Enforcement Resources

• Training in numismatic crime investigations
• A centralized database of numismatic crimes
• A detailed numismatic crime investigation checklist
• Technical case support
• Access to numismatic experts
• Data analysis
• Identification and proper inventorying of recovered numismatic property

Doug Davis is the former Chief of Police in Pantego, TX and has over 34 years of experience in law enforcement and the numismatic industry. Doug remains a part-time investigator for the Pantego Police Department.

Recognized as an expert in numismatic investigations, Doug developed the first and only accredited law enforcement school dealing with the investigation of numismatic crimes and continues to assist local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies across the country. The
American Numismatic Association has recognized Doug for his numismatic investigations, and in 1988, he was presented the PNG Sol Kaplan award for setting up a clearinghouse to coordinate investigations of crimes against the numismatic industry.

Doug holds membership in the American Numismatic Association, Texas Numismatic Association, Texas Police Association, Texas Association of Legal Investigator’s, and International Association of Property Crime Investigators and is a Diplomat of the American College of Forensic Science.