Texas Communities Combat Crime thanks to New Grant Funding

You can protect yourself from auto burglary and theft

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AUSTIN — Watch out, auto burglars and thieves! Texas communities are fighting back. At its board meeting, the Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority (MVCPA) awarded annual grants to help prevent and reduce statewide motor vehicle crime.

The grants support local law enforcement efforts to prevent Texans from experiencing over $1 billion in losses caused each year from motor vehicle crime.

Grant Recipients:

City of Austin: $414,319
City of Beaumont: $508,623
City of Brownsville: $889,225
Burnet County: $192,400
City of Corpus Christi: $395,356
City of Dallas: $601,250
Dallas County: $519,480
City of Eagle Pass: $120,250
City of El Paso: $894,145
Galveston County: $451,354
Harris County: $743,052
City of Houston: $957,190
City of Laredo: $658,970
Lubbock County: $389,151
City of Mansfield: $288,600
Montgomery County: $324,640
City of Paris: $102,654
City of Pasadena: $73,112
Potter County: $347,960
City of San Antonio: $769,600
Smith County: $320,146
Tarrant County: $1,101,971
Travis County: $607,154
City of Victoria: $148,840
Total: $11,819,442

These agencies collaborate regionally and with each other to establish evidence based, strategy driven and community focused solutions networks. They improve coordination, deploy equipment and provide clear messaging to community groups to end motor vehicle crime across Texas.

“With these grants, local communities can respond in a coordinated effort to solve statewide motor vehicle crime,” said Laredo Assistant Chief of Police Mike Rodriguez.

The taskforces recovered more than 11,000 vehicles in fiscal year 2019, made thousands of arrests and distributed materials and messages to their communities to help remind people to lock their cars. Based on state data, there are nearly 200,000 motor vehicle burglaries and more than 67,000 stolen vehicles every year.

The Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority, a division of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, funds local law enforcement taskforces across the state every year. The funds come from a $4 fee that MVCPA collects from motor vehicle insurance companies. A large part of the fee collected also supports emergency rooms and trauma centers throughout Texas.

The Texas Legislature established MVCPA in 1991 to create a statewide effort to reduce auto theft. The Authority is comprised of governor-appointed members from insurers, law enforcement and the public along with a designee from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

For more information about how to protect yourself from motor vehicle crime, visit MVCPA online at www.txdmv.gov/motorists/consumer-protection/auto-theft-prevention.

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