Car Thefts Fizzle in Michigan
Cars are still hot in Detroit, Mich., but not like they used to be. According an annual report issued by the
Automobile Theft Prevention Authority
(ATPA), Detroit once again saw an overall decrease in vehicle thefts from 2009 to
2010. The 5.2-percent decrease continues the trend of waning incidents in the
state, despite the fact that Detroit is still
the highest ranking city in Michigan for
Auto theft incidents have decreased
across the state the past four years running, with Michigan now ranked as the
sixth state with highest motor vehicle
thefts in the nation. From ATPA’s inception in 1986 to 2010, Michigan auto thefts
have dropped by 6. 7 percent, compared
to a decrease in auto thefts nationally of
only 39. 8 percent.
Michigan’s other large cities with the
highest decreases in auto theft from 2009
to 2010 include Harper Woods, with a
50-percent decrease; Sterling Heights,
with a 36.8-percent decrease; and Kalamazoo, with a 32.1-percent decrease.
Meanwhile, some pockets in the state saw
an uptick in auto theft during that same
time. For instance, Lansing reported a
20.6-percent increase, while Kenton Co.
saw a 15.9-percent increase.
Topping Michigan’s most stolen ve-
hicle list is the 2000 Dodge Ram pickup
truck. Popular colors among thieves once
again include black, white, and red.
Although auto thefts are declining, related crimes, such as component theft and
insurance fraud, are on the rise, according
to Help Eliminate Auto Thefts (H.E.A. T.).
“With continued partnership between
citizens, law enforcement, the insurance
industry, and agencies such as H.E.A.T.
and the ATPA, we expect to see rates of
auto theft continue to decline,” says Terri
Miller, director of H.E.A. T. K