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Auto Thefts Down 9 Percent Statewide, Down 30 Percent in Novi

The 2000 Dodge Ram pickup is the most stolen vehicle in Michigan, according to data recently released by the Michigan Automobile Theft Prevention Authority (ATPA).

Automobile thefts in Michigan fell 9.35 percent from 2009 to 2010, according to a recent release from the Michigan Automobile Theft Prevention Authority (ATPA). Since the inception of the ATPA in 1986, auto thefts in Michigan have fallen by 62 percent.

In Novi, automobile thefts have decreased by more than 30 percent between 2010 and 2011.

In 2010, 52 incidents of auto theft were reported in Novi; in 2011, that number fell to 36 incidents, according to Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety David Molloy. 

Molloy said most of Novi's auto thefts occur in shopping center areas or in apartment complexes. Just two thefts have been reported so far in 2012.

So which vehicles are most likely to be stolen? Here's a look at auto theft statistics from 2011:

Michigan's most stolen vehicles

  1. 2000 Dodge Ram Pickup
  2. 1999 Dodge Ram Pickup
  3. 2002 Dodge Ram Pickup
  4. 1998 Ford Pickup
  5. 1997 Dodge Ram Pickup
  6. 1998 Dodge Ram Pickup
  7. 2003 Dodge Ram Pickup
  8. 1996 Chevrolet Pickup
  9. 1999 Ford Pickup
  10. 1997 Chevrolet Pickup

Thieves' favorite choices

Color Month Day of the Week 1 Black November Tuesday 2 White December Monday 3 Red October Thursday 4 Blue September Wednesday 5 Silver August Friday 6 Green July Saturday 7 Gray June Sunday 8 Maroon May 9 Gold April 10 Tan March

Data courtesy of the Michigan Automobile Theft Prevention Authority (ATPA)

The ATPA is funded by an annual $1 assessment on each insured noncommercial passenger vehicle, plus interest earned by investing those funds.  It is governed by a seven-member board of directors appointed by the Governor, which includes representatives of law enforcement, automobile insurers and consumers of automobile insurance.  Each year the board awards grants to law enforcement agencies, prosecutors' offices and nonprofit community organizations to prevent auto theft, catch auto thieves and put the thieves in jail.

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