Auto Insurance Investigators Praised as Car Thefts Lower in Michigan

Line of parked carsThe Michigan Auto Theft Prevention Authority (ATPA) said car thefts fell 16 percent in 2009 from a year earlier. Furthermore, the number of cars stolen per year has declined 59 percent since 1986, when the organization was formed.

“Our success in the battle against auto theft is the direct result of the dedication and efforts of the 112 men and women who are funded by grants provided by the ATPA and are a part of our state’s law enforcement agencies, prosecuting attorney’s offices and statewide community groups,” said Dan Vartanian, ATPA executive director.

Vartanian also credited others with the decline, including investigators who are part of the auto insurance industry.

Like Michigan, the national auto theft rate declined in 2009, dropping 17.1 percent, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report. An estimated 794,616 vehicles were stolen last year for a ratio of 258.8 for every 100,000 people.

Consumers looking to compare auto insurance rates for comprehensive coverage, which protects against theft, should understand that the type of car will have an effect on premiums. If a certain model is known for being stolen, a higher price is likely to be assessed. To see the list of Michigan’s most-stolen autos, readers can view the full rankings from the Michigan State Police Department.

For those outside of Michigan, the National Insurance Crime Bureau recently released a list of the types of cars that have the highest national rates of theft.

The costs associated with auto theft last year came to almost $5.2 billion. The FBI said the average loss per vehicle was $6,505.

About Ben Zitney
Benjamin Zitney has been covering the auto insurance industry for the past 2.5 years. Before coming to Online Auto Insurance News, he produced an extensive company history of the 30-year-old California Joint Powers Insurance Authority and worked at the Cal State Long Beach Daily Forty-Niner as a reporter, copy editor and news editor.

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