Mensch Resolution Recognizes PA Automobile Theft Prevention Authority’s 25th Anniversary

Harrisburg – The Senate unanimously adopted a resolution introduced by Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24) recognizing the 25th anniversary of the Pennsylvania Automobile Theft Prevention Authority (ATPA).

The roots of the authority trace back to 1992, when Pennsylvania ranked second in the nation among states in the cost of auto theft and insurance fraud, Mensch said.  In response, insurers assumed the task of devising a program whereby the efforts to combat auto theft were coordinated with those to combat insurance fraud in a comprehensive manner.

The result was legislation to create an independent entity capable of funding and directing an effort to combat and prevent automobile theft in the Commonwealth: the Pennsylvania ATPA.

“Since its inception in 1994, the authority has contributed to a 77 percent decrease in the rate of motor vehicle theft in Pennsylvania, compared to a national decrease of 50 percent,” Mensch said. “Additionally, Pennsylvania’s ATPA has become a national model.  Its independence, private funding and cooperation between insurers and law enforcement have been the key to its success.”You can find information about the cars targeted most by thieves and what to do if your car is stolen at the Pennsylvania Automobile Theft Prevention Authority website, watchyourcar.org.

For more information on Senator Mensch’s legislation, visit www.senatormensch.com.  State updates can also be found on Senator Mensch’s Facebook at www.facebook.com/senatormensch, or Twitter @SenatorMensch

CONTACT: Mark Fetzko, mfetzko@pasen.gov, 717-787-3110