Auto theft rates continue decline
LANSING – The Michigan Automobile Theft Prevention Authority recently released its annual report and announced that auto thefts in Michigan have continued to decrease. Since the inception of the ATPA in 1986, auto thefts in Michigan have decreased by over 65 percent.
“Our success in the battle against auto theft is the direct result of the dedication and efforts of the 110 men and women who are funded by grants awarded by the ATPA to Michigan law enforcement agencies, prosecuting attorney’s offices and nonprofit community organizations,” said Mr. Dan Vartanian, Executive Director of the ATPA.
Statistics regarding the Top Most Stolen Vehicles and Michigan Thieves Favorite Choices attached.
Auto thefts in Michigan decreased 6.8 percent from 2010 to 2011 and continued that decrease by .03 percent from 2011 to 2012. The annual report can be found at www.michigan.gov/atpa.
The ATPA is funded by an annual $1 assessment on each insured noncommercial passenger vehicle, plus interest earned by investing those funds. It is governed by a seven-member board of directors appointed by the Governor, which includes representatives of law enforcement, automobile insurers and consumers of automobile insurance. Each year the board awards grants to prevent auto theft, and catch auto thieves.