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Auto Burglary & Theft Prevention Authority

The Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority (ABTPA) has fostered a statewide cooperative network of law enforcement groups, prosecutors, insurance industry representatives, local tax assessor-collectors, and concerned citizens to combat vehicle theft and burglary through enforcement, prevention, public information, and education initiatives. In addition to providing guidance and oversight, ABTPA awards financial grants to agencies, organizations, and concerned parties in an effort to raise public awareness of vehicle theft and burglary and implement education and prevention initiatives.

Background

Established by the 72nd Texas Legislature in 1991, the Texas Automobile Theft Prevention Authority (ATPA) became the first statewide effort to reduce auto theft. The 80th Legislature amended the ATPA mission in House Bill 1887 to also emphasize reducing vehicle burglaries. The resulting agency, the Texas Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority (ABTPA), is charged with assessing automobile burglary, theft, and economic theft (burglary or theft committed for financial gain) in Texas, analyzing the methods and providing financial support to combat the problems. In 2009, the ABTPA became part of the newly established Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.

ABTPA Grantees

Introduction to ABTPA

Educational Programs

  • ABTPA’s Grantees provides the following services at various events across Texas:
    • Presentations
    • VIN etching
    • Conference booths
    • News articles
    • And more.
    Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and to request participation in an upcoming event.

Board of
Directors

The Governor of Texas appoints six individuals to serve staggered six-year terms on the board of directors.

Board members include:

  • Two law enforcement representatives
  • Two consumer representatives
  • Two insurance representatives
  • The executive director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, who serves ex-officio.

 

ABTPA Board of Directors
Tommy HansenLt. Tommy Hansen
Hitchcock
Board Chair
Law Enforcement Representative

linda kinneyLinda Kinney
Dripping Springs
Board Member
Consumer Representative

steven c mccrawSteven C. McCraw
c/o Assistant Chief Wynn Reynolds ex-officio
Board Member
Texas Dept. of Public Safety

placeholderPhillip Shay Gause
San Antonio
Board Member
Insurance Representative

ashley hunterAshley Hunter
Austin
Board Member
Insurance Representative

Armin MizaniArmin Mizani
Keller
Board Member
Consumer Representative

placeholderMiguel “Mike” Rodriguez
Laredo
Board Member
Law Enforcement Representative

Calendar

FY18 Calendar of Events and Deadlines
Event Date Location
Board Meeting May 23, 2018 8 a.m. Lone Star Room, Bldg. 1
Texas Dept. of Motor Vehicles
4000 Jackson Avenue, Austin, TX.

Agenda

Materials

Transcript

Board Meeting November 14, 2017 8 a.m. Lone Star Room, Bldg. 1
Texas Dept. of Motor Vehicles
4000 Jackson Avenue, Austin, TX.

Agenda

Materials

Transcript

FY17 Calendar of Events and Deadlines
Event/Deadline Date Location
August

Strategic Communications Training

15th
Time TBA
Crowne Plaza Austin
6121 North IH 35
Austin, TX
July

Grants, Budget and Reports Committee Meeting

Agenda

 

6th
4:00 p.m.
Texas Dept. of Motor Vehicles
4000 Jackson Avenue, Austin, TX.

Board Meeting

Agenda

Materials

Supplement

Transcript

7th
9:00 a.m.
Texas Dept. of Motor Vehicles
4000 Jackson Avenue, Austin, TX.
June

Grants, Budget, and Reports Committee Workshop
Agenda

21st
9:00 a.m.
Texas Dept. of Motor Vehicles
4000 Jackson Avenue, Austin, TX.
January

Board Meeting
Agenda

Materials

Transcript

18th Texas Dept.of Motor Vehicles
4000 Jackson Avenue, Austin, TX
October

Board Meeting
Agenda

Materials

Transcript

12th Texas Dept. of Motor Vehicles
4000 Jackson Avenue, Austin

 

Holiday Alert

ABTPA Holiday 2018 Draft 4

The holiday season is marked by an increase in automobile burglary and theft. The Automobile Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority receives frequent reports about increased criminal activity around all of the holiday fun and shopping that are common during the season. The specialized auto theft investigators who combat motor vehicle crimes across Texas suggest that the increased holiday crowds represent an irresistible target for criminals. Help local law enforcement combat theft while having fun with your family and friends.

Take some simple precautions during the holiday season to protect your property, your vehicles, and—equally important—your goodies and gifts.

  1. Hide your valuables from plain sight.
    This holiday season is already looking like it could be a cold one, so it may be wise to pack a blanket, which can also provide a great cover for gifts when you aren’t able to get home quickly with your purchases. Another tip that’s often overlooked: keep your cell phone cords and other device accessories out of sight. Burglars are willing to break a window or try a door when they see a cord because there’s a chance that a device will be in the vehicle.

  2. Park in well-lighted areas or attended lots.
    Car thieves and burglars use the cover of night to avoid witnesses and detection. The same goes for unattended parking lots. If you have to do your shopping after the sun goes down, be sure to park in a well-lighted area. Be aware of your surroundings. If you’re alone and it’s late, consider asking the store security to accompany you to your parked vehicle.

  3. Don’t leave personal documents in your car.
    A car burglar may take your sensitive information to commit identity fraud. Instead of keeping this in the glove compartment of your vehicle, keep it in your wallet or purse.

  4. Never leave your car running while unattended, even if you’ll only be gone for a minute.
    Vehicles are commonly stolen at convenience stores, gas stations, ATMs, etc. Many vehicles are also stolen on cold mornings when they are left unattended to warm up. Leaving your key in an unattended motor vehicle is a crime in Texas.

  5. Lock your vehicle.
    While it’s the most obvious bit of advice, reports from specialized auto theft investigators indicate that far too many motorists are forgetting to lock their vehicles. In some areas, investigators report that around half of burglaries and thefts are directly attributed to unlocked vehicles.

The Automobile Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority wishes you a safe Holiday Season!

More Information

For more information, please email the Automobile Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (512) 465-1485.

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