Michigan auto theft down

By: Newscenter 16 staff Email
By: Newscenter 16 staff Email
Pictured is one of the seized vehicles that has been provided to the high school.

Pictured is one of the seized vehicles that has been provided to the high school.

LANSING – The Michigan Automobile Theft Prevention Authority (ATPA) recently announced that auto thefts in Michigan have decreased 6.8 percent from 2010 to 2011. 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 Dan Vartanian, Executive Director of the ATPA. “Thanks also should be directed to our partners in the fight against auto theft: Crime Stoppers, HEAT (Help Eliminate Auto Thefts) and the many insurance industry investigators throughout the state.”

Additional auto theft statistics from 2011:

Make/Model Color Month Day of Week
1. 2000 Dodge Caravan 1. Black 1. July 1. Monday
2. 2004 Chevrolet Impala 2. White 2. August 2. Tuesday
3. 1997 Chevrolet Pickup 3. Red 3. June 3. Friday
4. 1997 Ford Taurus 4. Blue 4. May 4. Wednesday
5. 2002 Dodge Intrepid 5. Silver 5. Oct. 5. Thursday
6. 2005 Ford Pickup 6. Green 6. Sept. 6.Saturday
7. 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix 7. Gray 7. Nov. 7. Sunday
8. 2011 Chevrolet Malibu 8. Maroon 8. April
9. 2002 Dodge Stratus 9. Gold 9. Dec.
10. 2003 Dodge Pickup 10. Tan 10. Jan.

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 law enforcement agencies, prosecutors' offices and nonprofit community organizations to prevent auto theft, catch auto thieves and put the thieves in jail.

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