Friday, February 02, 2007

H.E.A.T. Report: Community Involvement Can Reduce Auto Theft

Auto theft is a common problem everywhere. If you are the owner of a car then your first worry is regarding the safety of your car. You do not know when it may get stolen.

I found a press release in Yahoo!. Here it is:

H.E.A.T. (Help Eliminate Auto Thefts) responded today to 2005 statistics released by the Auto Theft Prevention Authority (ATPA) that indicate the 16th reduction in auto theft in an 18 year period in metro Detroit and across the state.

"After another decrease in 2004, Michigan residents became aware of the value in assisting local law enforcement in cracking down on auto crime in their neighborhoods," said Terri Miller, director of H.E.A.T. "Resources like the H.E.A.T. tip line offer a safe, anonymous way to empower residents to report criminal activity and help recover stolen property -- chipping away at auto theft and adding to residents' quality of life."

H.E.A.T. is a partnership of Michigan's auto insurance companies, law enforcement, community groups and residents. The H.E.A.T. program encourages citizen action through its toll-free tip line (1-800-242-H.E.A.T.) that gives financial rewards to people who provide information leading to the arrest and prosecution of individuals for auto theft, auto-related identity theft, carjacking and chop shops.

2005 Numbers Reveal Continued Decline in Auto Theft

- From 2004 to 2005, auto thefts in Michigan declined 3.8 percent,

according to the ATPA. This compares with a nationwide decrease of

only 2 percent. In 2005, 48,064 vehicles were reported stolen in

Michigan, compared with 49,982 in 2004. Data for the 2006 calendar

year is not available until February 2008.

- From 1986 to 2005, Michigan auto thefts declined 33.3 percent and

national thefts increased by 0.9 percent.

- Michigan comprised 3.9 percent of United States auto theft activity in

2005, dropping Michigan to sixth in the nation for total motor vehicle

thefts, from fifth place in 2004.

- The City of Detroit saw auto thefts decrease by 12.8 percent, from

24,573 in 2004 to 21,439 in 2005.

- Among Michigan's larger cities, declines in auto theft were seen in:

* Detroit - from 24,573 in 2004 to 21,439 in 2005, a decline of 12.8


* Grand Rapids - from 739 in 2004 to 678 in 2005, a decline of 8.3


* Lansing - from 471 in 2004 to 412 in 2005, a decline of 12.5


* Muskegon Heights - from 196 in 2004 to 121 in 2005, a decline of

38.2 percent.

* Inkster - from 340 in 2004 to 266 in 2005, a decline of 21.8


* Romulus - from 253 in 2004 to 167 in 2005, a decline of 34 percent.

* Ypsilanti - from 187 in 2004 to 155 in 2005, a decline of 17.1


- Among Michigan's cities, increases in auto theft occurred in:

* Ann Arbor - from 182 in 2004 to 238 in 2005, an increase of 30.8


* Flint Township - from 221 in 2004 to 287 in 2005, an increase of

29.9 percent.

* Royal Oak - from 136 in 2004 to 189 in 2005, an increase of 39


* St. Clair Shores - from 156 in 2004 to 247 in 2005, an increase of

58.3 percent.

* Warren - from 1,402 in 2004 to 1,633 in 2005, an increase of 16.5


In 2005, the Dodge Ram pickup truck was deemed Michigan's most stolen vehicle. Thieves' top three favorite color choices for vehicles stolen in 2005 were black, gray and white.

So, we should give more importance to community involvement to prevent auto theft.