Governor vetoes grab-bag of bills Wednesday

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 05/17/2018 - 16:22

Arizona Daily Sun -

Governor vetoes grab-bag of bills Wednesday

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- Providing more latitude for how the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority spends money that it has. The governor said he wants a larger discussion to cut costs and make sure that "more of these dollars go to law enforcement and not to administrative overhead.''

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Ducey vetoes increase in car insurance requirements 

– Providing more latitude for how the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority spends money that it has. The governor said he wants a larger discussion to cut costs and make sure that “more of these dollars go to law enforcement and not to administrative overhead.”

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Tucson.com

Ducey vetoes bills requiring Arizona Drivers to raise liability-insurance minimum

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Payson Roundup

Gov. Ducey vetoes slew of laws

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Automobile Theft

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 03/26/2018 - 20:55

Cronkite News- Arizona PBS 

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Auto Theft Rates up in Arizona: State Officials working to deter criminals

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 03/26/2018 - 20:38

ABC 15

PHOENIX - Arizona is accelerating in the wrong direction when it comes to auto theft rates. 

According to the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority, our rate increased by more than 8 percent in the last year. That is the largest rise in about 20 years. 

 

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Discourage auto theft

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 03/26/2018 - 20:35

NEEDLES DESERT STAR

BULLHEAD CITY — The Bullhead City Police Department participates annually in the statewide Vehicle Theft Prevention and Awareness month: a coordinated effort between the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority (AATA) and law enforcement agencies to reduce stolen vehicles.

 

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Apache Junction police host Dec. 6 vehicle identification number etching event

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 12/04/2017 - 19:31

The Apache Junction Police Department welcomes back all our winter residents — and of course the year-round residents — with a vehicle identification number etching event on Dec. 6. It is 9 a.m.-noon at the Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Department parking lot, 1001 N. Idaho Road, directly north of the police department.

 

For more info click on the link > https://apachejunctionindependent.com/calendar/vehicle-identification-number-etching-event/

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Quartzsite purchases police car equipped with license plate reader

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 09/27/2017 - 17:05

Quartzsite purchases police car equipped with license plate reader

 

The Quartzsite Police Department unveiled their newest patrol vehicle Sept. 21 at Town Hall. It’s a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe equipped with radar and a license plate reader designed to help find stolen vehicles. Police Chief Will Ponce said it’s a valuable addition to the department.

 

The vehicle was paid for by the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority. AATA Director Frederick Zumbo was on hand for the unveiling in Quartzsite. He described the AATA as a state agency being funded by insurance fees and they take in $6.2 million per year. Of that, 95 percent goes out to local entities in grants for prosecution, auto theft prevention, and law enforcement.

 

Zumbo and County Attorney Tony Rogers noted AATA has paid for a full-time auto theft prosecutor for La Paz County.

 

Ponce said Quartzsite is the only entity in Arizona to have received a vehicle through the AATA. He said the town has been working with the AATA since 2014, and it took a lot of persuasion to get them to fund a vehicle.

 

The Tahoe will be used on patrol duty. It will be operated by Officer Hilario Tanakeyowma, who also wrote the grant for it.

Zumbo said he wants to see more money sent to rural communities and counties. As a former Arizona Department of Public Safety officer himself, he said he knows how difficult law enforcement can be in rural areas.

 

“It’s our pleasure to do this,” he said. “Small towns don’t have the funds for something like this. Our officers out there need to have the best equipment we can give them.”

 

Quartzsite Town Manager Jim Ferguson noted there is a lot of traffic coming through Quartzsite off Interstate 10.

 

“It’s absolutely awesome,” he said of the vehicle. “It’s going to help us.”

 

Rogers said he was glad AATA is focusing on rural communities. He added they’ve been doing a good job of letting local entities know what grants are out there, and they have been very helpful to his office.

 

Ponce said he was thankful for the opportunity to apply for and receive the grant. He said he expected the vehicle will last about five years. He said the department still has some Ford Crown Victorias, but they are phasing them out. He said the Chevrolet Tahoe better suits their needs, and it will last longer. He added other departments are buying them.

 

As for the vehicle that made its debut Sept. 21, Ponce said, “We think it will serve our community well.”

 

http://www.parkerpioneer.net/news/article_3bb4e6be-a2e8-11e7-9392-4ffb8b6a7bb3.html

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July is National Auto Theft Awareness Month! Are you doing all you can to keep your car safe?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 07/19/2017 - 23:06

Arizona Insurance Institue - July 2017 News Brief

 

The Arizona Auto Theft Authority and NHTSA Reminds the Public to Secure Your Car During July’s National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month
In 2015, nearly a quarter of a million vehicles were stolen in the United States. Vehicle theft is a billion-dollar crime, with the cost of stolen vehicles coming in at more than $5 billion in 2015 alone.

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It all Starts with a Stolen Vehicle

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:17

It All Starts with a Stolen Vehicle
Our society is enamored with driving and our individual freedom is often connected with the ability to jump in our car and drive to wherever we would like. The criminal element is aware of this and takes advantage of people distracted by everyday life to steal vehicles. Unfortunately, many of these vehicle thefts … (A I I Guest Post)
https://arizonainsuranceinstitute.com/it-all-starts-with-a-stolen-vehicle/
 

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NICB's 2016 Hot Spots Vehicle Theft Report

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 06/19/2017 - 16:34

NICB’s 2016 Hot Spots Vehicle Theft Report

 

Anchorage, AK and Billings, MT Metro Areas Make First-Time Appearance in Top 10 DES PLAINES, Ill.—The Albuquerque, N.M. metropolitan statistical area (MSA) had the highest per capita auto theft rate in 2016 according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) latest Hot Spots report. Hot Spots examines vehicle theft data obtained from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) for each of the nation’s MSAs. MSAs are designated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and often include areas much larger than the cities for which they are named. For example, this year’s number one spot, the Albuquerque, N.M. MSA, includes all thefts within the entire county of Bernalillo, not just the city of Albuquerque.

 

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