Coloradans Against Auto Theft is a coalition of law enforcement agencies, insurance partners, LoJack and AAA Colorado. CAAT and the state auto theft task force efforts are funded in part by the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority (CATPA).
CAAT was created to promote the cumulative statewide efforts in the prevention of auto theft.
Our mission is to combat auto theft through on-going public awareness, education and citizen engagement. This is done through our partnerships with the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, Colorado Auto Theft Investigators and the Attorney General’s Auto Theft Prosecution Initiative in addition to task forces across the state.
- Beat Auto Theft Through Law Enforcement (BATTLE)
- Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force (MATT)
- Southern Colorado Motor Vehicle Theft Task Force
- Western Colorado Auto Theft Task Force (WCATT)
- East Metro Auto Theft Team (EMATT)
- Commerce City/Thornton/Adams County Auto Theft Prevention Program
Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority (CATPA) is a state authority that was established by Colorado statute in 2003 to help reduce Colorado’s serious auto theft problem through the award of grant funds. Click here to view statute.
The new Colorado law helps ensure that auto theft prevention efforts are targeted.
These efforts have resulted in an increase in stolen vehicle recoveries and criminal prosecutions of hard-core and major organized criminal groups, as well as related crimes.
In 2011, a total of 9,311 motor vehicle thefts were reported by law enforcement agencies in Colorado according to the Colorado Auto Theft Intelligence Coordination Center. This is a 63% decrease in motor vehicle thefts from 2005. Using the FBI’s average valuation of $6,152 per stolen vehicle, this amounts to an estimated $57.3 million in losses during 2011
Senate Bill 08-060, the Colorado law that went into effect on July 1, 2008, established new mandatory funding for the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority (CATPA) through 2018. CATPA is a cash-funded program that awards grants through the required annual collection from insurance companies of $1.00 for every insured vehicle.
Why Consumer Insurance Dollars?
• State legislators intended for this to be a direct investment by consumers to combat auto theft and ultimately lower car insurance premiums.
• All Colorado drivers are victims of auto theft because we all pay for it through increased insurance premiums.
• For the individual auto theft victim, in addition to paying the insurance deductible, there are other costs such as insurance premium increases, the time spent working with police, vehicle rental fees and time off from work.
These Colorado auto theft teams have received grants from CATPA:
• Beat Auto Theft Through Law Enforcement (BATTLE)
• Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force (MATT)
• Southern Colorado Motor Vehicle Theft Task Force
• Western Colorado Auto Theft Task Force (WCATT)
• East Metro Auto Theft Team (EMATT)
• Commerce City/Thornton/Adams County Auto Theft Prevention Program
• Attorney General’s Auto Theft Prosecution Initiative
• Colorado Auto Theft Investigators (CATI)
• Coloradans Against Auto Theft (CAAT)
• Auto Theft Intelligence Coordination Center (ATICC)
The Colorado General Assembly gave the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority the power to award grants for the purpose of reducing auto theft in Colorado. The CATPA Board is committed to awarding grants that will reduce auto theft in Colorado. The Colorado Department of Public Safety is responsible for management of the grant program.