Help Prevent Auto Theft During the Holiday Shopping Season

Contact: Tim Bailor, Program Coordinator, ATPA, 517-284-3204

November 21, 2017

As the holiday shopping season begins, the Michigan Automobile Theft Prevention Authority (ATPA) is reminding the public to be aware of their surroundings and where purchases are stored in parked vehicles.

Thieves often target shopping center parking lots looking for vehicles with bags and packages left in plain view. Follow these tips to help lessen the chance of becoming a victim:

  • Park in a well-lit area
  • Place shopping bags in the trunk
  • Use storage compartments that keep valuables out of sight
  • Don’t leave your vehicle running unattended
  • Watch for suspicious activity or for anyone who may be following you
  • Close windows when your vehicle is parked
  • Install a car alarm or panic alarm on your vehicle

Over the last 10 years, the ATPA has assisted in the reduction of motor vehicle thefts in Michigan by 56 percent. The ATPA awards grants to law enforcement agencies, prosecutors’ offices, and non-profit organizations for the investigation, apprehension, prosecution, and prevention of motor vehicle thefts. During the 2016 grant year, ATPA grant-funded motor vehicle theft teams made 1,819 arrests and recovered vehicles and parts worth approximately $37 million.

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