Maryland - VTPC

Maryland Vehicle Theft Prevention Council

Pursuant to Maryland Public Safety Article 2-701-703, of the Annotated Code of Maryland, the Vehicle Theft Prevention Council was established as a unit within the Department of Maryland State Police.  The Council is charged with assisting in the prevention and deterrence of private passenger and commercial motor vehicle theft and related crime, including vandalism and theft of property from vehicles in the State; to improve and support vehicle theft law enforcement, prosecution, prevention/education, and juvenile diversion programs by establishing statewide planning capabilities and coordination of dedicated funding sources.

The Council consists of thirteen members appointed by the Governor, as follows:

Ex Officio Members

  • The Secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services or the Secretary’s designee.
  • The Secretary of Juvenile Services or the Secretary’s designee.
  • The Superintendent of the Maryland State Police or the Superintendent’s designee.
  • The Administrator of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration.

 

Regular Members

 

  • One representative of a local law enforcement authority.
  • One representative of a Maryland State Attorney’s Office.
  • Two representatives of insurers that issue private passenger automobile or commercial motor vehicle liability insurance in the State, of which one shall be a domestic insurer and one shall be a foreign insurer.
  • One representative of the Governor’s Office.
  • One representative of the National Insurance Crime Bureau or similar organization.
  • Three representatives of the general public, of which one shall be a representative of a neighborhood or community organization.

 

Organization of Council

 

Organization of the Council into working components to accomplish objectives will be at the discretion of the Chairman, with advice and assistance from the members and the Executive Director.

 

The Assistant Attorney General assigned to the Department of State Police serves as the legal advisor to the Council.

 

Administration of the Council

 

The Council will be assisted in its duties by an Executive Director and sufficient clerical and financial resources to carry out its duties.  The Executive Director shall be employed by the Council and appointed by the Governor.  All administrative and operational costs shall be paid from the Fund and may not exceed 7 percent of the total expenditures from the Fund in any fiscal year.

 

Duties and Responsibilities of the Council

 

The Council has the following powers and duties:

  • To make grants and awards from the Fund for motor vehicle theft intervention programs.
  • To solicit and accept funds for deposit to the Fund to be used to carry out the purposes of the Council.
  • To establish or assist in the establishment of programs designed to reduce the incidence of vehicle theft and related crimes.
  • To identify priorities for theft prevention strategies in the State and criteria for the Council’s evaluation of recipients of assistance from the Council.
  • To study and propose laws that will further prevent and deter vehicle thefts and related crime.

 

VEHICLE THEFT PREVENTION FUND

 

The Vehicle Theft Prevention Fund, established in the Maryland Public Safety Article 2-703, is a non-lapsing dedicated fund.  It includes:

 

  • $2 million/fiscal year from penalties collected for lapsed or terminated insurance coverage (Transportation Article, § 17-106).

 

Grants and awards from the Fund will be available to a variety of organizations including State and local law enforcement agencies, local units of government, prosecutors, juvenile services, and community and business organizations to establish viable, cooperative motor vehicle theft prevention/deterrence/education programs.

 

STATEWIDE VEHICLE THEFT PREVENTION STRATEGY

 

In developing a statewide vehicle theft prevention strategy, the Council has embraced the following programmatic approach based on efforts in other states which have proven effective in vehicle theft prevention.

 

  • Prevention/Education
  • Vehicle Theft by Juveniles
  • Law Enforcement/Detection/Apprehension
  • Prosecution/Adjudication/Conviction

Among the organizations that may want to apply for grants are county and municipal governments, local law enforcement agencies, local prosecutors’ offices, local school systems, institutions of higher education, State agencies, neighborhood, community or business organizations.  Collaborative programs involving local law enforcement agencies and community organizations are strongly encouraged.  All organizations receiving funds from the Council will be required to measure, evaluate and report on the effectiveness of their efforts.