Report: Michigan car thefts continue steady decline


Car thefts in Michigan decreased for the ninth year in a row in 2015, Michigan Automobile Theft Prevention Authority’s annual report showed.

According to the report, the 21,157 auto thefts reported statewide in 2015 was a 1.9 percent drop in the number of thefts reported in 2014.

Data showed 74 percent of auto thefts occur in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Domestic cars such as Chevrolet and Jeep vehicles dominated the list of top-10 stolen vehicles in Michigan. Honda is the most stolen brand in the U.S.

“The steady decline in auto thefts in our state for nearly a decade is the result of strong partnerships involving law enforcement, community organizations, insurers and Michigan residents,” said Terri Miller,  executive director of Help Eliminate Auto Thefts. “Together, we’re continuing to outsmart thieves through effective, data-driven action plans.”

H.E.A.T is Michigan’s auto theft tip line. Since its founding in 1985, H.E.A.T. has recovered more than $60.8 million in stolen property and paid more than $4 million in cash rewards. According to H.E.A.T, tips received in 2016 led to the recovery of more than $560,000 in stolen property.

Information about auto thefts can be submitted to H.E.A.T. at 800-242-HEAT or 1800242HEAT.com.

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