The Auto Theft Prevention Authority (ATPA) released statistics indicating that, through diligent citizen action, Detroit saw a 12.8 percent decline in auto-thefts from 2004 to 2005 (the last year for which figures are available) — the 16th such decline in the last 18 years.

Furthermore, in the last 18 years auto thefts across Michigan have declined 33.3 percent while increasing by .9 percent nationwide.

To what do we owe this steady blossoming of civic pride and good citizenship? HEAT (Help Eliminate Auto Theft), Michigan’s state wide auto theft prevention program, who are happy to throw money at the problem:

HEAT® tipsters are rewarded with:

  • Up to $1,000 for the arrest and warrant of individuals suspected of auto theft, auto theft related insurance fraud and/or auto theft related identity theft.
  • Up to $10,000 for the arrest and binding over for trial of suspected theft ring members and/or chop shop operators.
  • $2,000 for the arrest and warrant of a carjacking suspect.

Finally, check out this chart: although foreign auto-makers have gained a solid foothold in sales, they still can’t compete with the Big Three when it comes to thefts.

Also, the chart seems to indicate that a blue 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix is the car most likely to be stolen on a Saturday in November; that’s a helluva data set they’ve got.

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