HPD Announces Results of Auto Theft Initiatives
January 31, 2006 -- As part
of its continuous effort to reduce the level of criminal activity
and the fear of becoming a victim of crime, the Houston Police
Department reported today that the number of auto thefts was reduced
by 5.3% during 2005 as
compared with 2004.
"Although this crime continues to occur
all too frequently in Houston, the number of reports received
in 2005 was reduced by more than 1,100 when compared with 2004,"
said Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt.
The department's Auto Theft Division routinely
conducts proactive and reactive investigations, as well as public
awareness campaigns to attempt to reduce the number of vehicles
stolen in Houston. Some of these initiatives include:
* Long term undercover operations designed to
identify, infiltrate, and dismantle organized rings
* Sting operations targeting automotive related
businesses that buy and sell stolen vehicles and vehicle parts
* Public education campaigns and prevention initiatives
such as the HEAT (Help End Auto Theft) program
* Investigations alongside federal agents targeting
the exportation of stolen vehicles to other countries
* Deployment of "bait" vehicles equipped
with GPS technology in locations where large numbers of vehicles
are reported stolen
* Targeting of rings involving thefts of semi-tractor
"Auto Theft investigators are committed
to continuing the multi-faceted approach to investigating and
preventing this type of crime," Chief Hurtt said. "We
also would like to encourage citizens to use any type of deterrent
device on their vehicles such as cutoff switches, alarms, ignition
collars, or clubs that make their cars more difficult to steal,"
added Chief Hurtt.
Keeping vehicles from being stolen also reduces
the possibility they will be used to commit other crimes and reduces
insurance costs for everyone.
information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at