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.
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’s Grantees provides the following services at various events across Texas:
- VIN etching
- Conference booths
- News articles
- And more.
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.
FY17 Calendar of Events and Deadlines
ABTPA Grant Workshop
|22nd||Crowne Plaza Austin
6121 North IH 35
|18th||Texas Dept.of Motor Vehicles
4000 Jackson Avenue, Austin, TX
|12th||Texas Dept. of Motor Vehicles
4000 Jackson Avenue, Austin