19 Apr AZ Auto Theft Authority Celebrates 25 years; Kicks off “Park Smart” Program
The Arizona Automobile Theft Authority (AATA) is dedicated to reducing vehicle theft in Arizona. One of our many partners in this fight is the Town of Marana and recently, AATA Executive Director, Fred Zumbo attended the annual State of the Town event which coincided with the 40th year celebration of incorporation. Director Zumbo took this opportunity to speak with attendees about vehicle theft prevention and how individuals can incorporate safety and Park Smart program tips. This year the AATA also celebrates a milestone – 25 years (1997-2017) of combating, prosecuting & preventing auto theft crimes in Arizona!
In November 2016, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reported a 31% increase in vehicle thefts from unlocked cars and keys/fobs being left in vehicles since 2013. The AATA has taken this staggering statistic and used it as an opportunity to remind the public to “Park Smart” by being observant, locking all doors, taking time to secure, hide or remove valuables, and of course, to always take their keys before exiting the vehicle.
The AATA’s signature prevention program is the “Watch Your Car” program, a free enrollment decal program operating between 1:00 am – 5:00 am when most vehicles are stolen in Arizona. Enrollees of this program voluntarily display the decal on the rear window and authorize law enforcement to stop the vehicle to investigate and verify ownership of the vehicle, if out on the road during program hours. The Watch Your Car program is free and open to all vehicle owners registered in Arizona. For more information about this program or to enroll, visit the AATA’s website, AZWatchYourCar.com.
The goal of the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority is to reduce auto theft by utilizing proactive measures in enforcement, prosecution and public awareness. The author would like to thank Arizona Insurance Institute (AII) Executive Director, Jeff Bronaugh for his continued support and partnership to keep Arizona communities safe.
Article submitted by the Arizona Auto Theft Authority. Visit their website for more information about their programs.