Colorado - CATPA

The Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority



The mission of the Colorado Automobile Theft Prevention Authority (CATPA) is, “To deter and reduce vehicle theft and insurance fraud through a statewide cooperative effort of generating funds to support law enforcement, prosecution and public awareness through a partnership between industry and state government”.  This mission is guided by Colorado Revised Statue 43-5-12 and supported by the CATPA Board of Directors.



  • The Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority was established by Senate Bill 08-060 in 2003. The CATPA Board went right to work reviewing grant requests and awarding funds donated from the insurance companies to organizations for use in the determent of auto theft.  The reduction of auto theft through grant funds was a success!
  • With this success, on July 1, 2008 statute established new mandatory funding for CATPA through 2018.  CATPA is a cash-funded program that awards grants through the required annual collection by insurance companies of $1.00 for every insured vehicle.
  • The statute gives priority to multi-agency applicants that target auto theft in different geographical regions of the state.  Auto theft investigations also target related crimes such as drug running, gang activity, burglary and organized crimes.



  • The new Colorado law helps ensure that auto theft prevention efforts are targeted and long-term commitments.
  • These efforts have resulted in an increase in stolen vehicle recoveries and criminal prosecutions of hard-core and major organized criminal groups, as well as related crimes. Since CATPA efforts have been launched, the number of stolen vehicles in Colorado has decreased by over 40%—from 22,032 vehicles in 2003 to 12,302 in 2009.  (Source: *Colorado Auto Theft Investigators, CATI Report 14Feb11).



  • This legislation established authority for the CATPA Board of Directors.  The Board is comprised of 11 members that include representatives from the Department of Revenue, Colorado State Patrol, two (2) law enforcement agencies, five (5) insurance representatives, one (1) consumer representative and one (1) representative from the Statewide Association of District Attorney’s.


Grant Funding

  • The CATPA grant announcement, application and grant questions are posted at  under I’d like to…
  • Qualified applicants include Colorado law enforcement agencies, state agencies, local units of government, school districts, nonprofit and for profit organizations that can demonstrate that their program addresses motor vehicle theft prevention.



Education and prevention campaigns have been targeted to bring awareness about auto theft and the serious crimes associated with auto theft.  The  provides valuable information to the public to protect yourself and lock your car.