Auto thefts in Michigan continue to decline

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LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) – The Michigan Automobile Theft Prevention Authority (ATPA) recently released its annual report and announced that auto thefts in the state have continued to decrease.

Since the inception of the ATPA in 1986, auto thefts in Michigan have dropped by more than 65 percent, according to a news release.

Auto thefts in Michigan decreased 6.8 percent from 2010 to 2011, and continued that decrease by .03 percent from 2011 to 2012.

Thieves’ Favorite Choices in Michigan in 2012
(*most recent data available at time of publication)

Color    Month            Day of the Week

1. Black     August               Monday

2. White     October              Friday

3. Red         September         Wednesday

4. Blue        July                   Thursday

5. Silver      June                  Tuesday

6. Green     May                   Saturday

7. Gray      November          Sunday

8. Maroon                            January

9. Gold                                 December

10. Tan                                March

Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles (2012 National Insurance Crime Bureau Data)
(*most recent data available at time of publication)

Michigan                                   U.S.

1. 2000 Dodge Caravan           1996 Honda Accord

2. 2005 Chevrolet Impala         1998 Honda Civic

3. 2012 Chevrolet Malibu          2006 Ford Pickup

4. 1999 Ford Taurus                  1999 Chevrolet Pickup

5. 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix      1991 Toyota Camry

6. 1997 Chevrolet Pickup           2000 Dodge Caravan

7. 2006 Ford Pickup                   2004 Dodge Pickup

8. 2012 Ford Fusion                   1994 Acura Integra

9. 2000 Dodge Intrepid             1997 Nissan Altima

10. 1999 Pontiac Grand Am      1996 Nissan Maxima


Check out the annual report


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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