Texas - ATPA

Texas Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority

In 1991, the Texas Legislature established the Texas Automobile Theft Prevention Authority (ATPA) to create a statewide effort for the reduction of vehicle theft to address the growing auto theft problem in Texas.  In 2007, the Texas Legislature added auto burglary to ATPA’s scope.  The resulting agency, known as the Automobile Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority (ABTPA), is currently charged with assessing the motor vehicle burglary and theft problem in Texas, analyzing methods to reduce the issue, and providing financial support to combat those problems.

ABTPA supports a statewide network through grants, theft reduction initiatives, and public awareness/education.  ABTPA is funded by a legislatively mandated assessment consisting of a $1 annual fee for each vehicle per insurance policy.  The fee is paid by individual policyholders and collected by the insurance companies.

Working together with law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, insurance industry representatives, local tax assessor collectors, community organizations, and concerned citizen groups, ABTPA has had many accomplishments in its 20 year history which include the following:

  • Awarding over 570 Automobile Burglary & Theft Prevention grants totaling $239 million to cities, counties and regions around the state.


  • Reducing vehicle theft by 70 percent in Texas.


  • Recovering 1,640,605 vehicles that amount to an estimated recovery value of over $11.6 billion.