Welcome to the Illinois Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Council
The mission of the Illinois MVTPC is to reduce vehicle theft, insurance fraud, and motor vehicle theft-related crimes in Illinois.
In 1991, the General Assembly established the Illinois Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Council, an 11-member coalition of representatives from the insurance industry, state’s attorneys, and law enforcement officers. It is private and public partnership effectively combating motor vehicle theft and related crimes in Illinois. The
Illinois Compiled Statute (20 ILCS 4005/) that allows the Council to exercise its powers, duties, and responsibilities can be downloaded here.
Vehicle theft in Illinois has dropped nearly 77 percent since 1991, when the Motor Vehicle Theft
Prevention Act was passed by the General Assembly. From 1991 to 2014, the annual number of
stolen vehicles decreased from 75,642 to 17,563.This has resulted in a projected savings of more
than $340 million in property losses.
Grant funds awarded by the Council have improved motor vehicle theft law enforcement by
establishing and supporting multi-jurisdictional task forces, investigative teams, and other anti-theft
efforts throughout the state.
Why the MVTPC Matters
Vehicle theft is changing1/6
While auto theft used to conjure images of dark parking lots, broken glass, “peeled” steering columns, and a quick get-away car theft and related crimes have grown much more sophisticated. Today’s Council-funded task forces focus on organized crime, “black markets” involving essential auto parts, identity theft, and costly insurance fraud.
Savings on insurance premiums2/6
Insurance premiums are based on risk factors. A rise of vehicle theft rates in Illinois means the risk to insure a vehicle is higher, thus we all pay through higher insurance rates. Since the Council’s inception in 1991, with various Council initiatives working across the state, vehicle theft is down 77 percent. The reduction in vehicle theft helps stabilize insurance premiums.
A correlation exists between motor vehicle theft and other criminal activity like organized crime. Stolen vehicles are often used to commit and perpetrate other crimes. The Council’s focus on theft prevention, leads to reduction of coinciding crimes in Illinois.
Safer communities and peace of mind4/6
In addition to the disruption in daily routine, consequences for people victimized by vehicle theft include unplanned expenses, wage and/or employment loss, increased premiums, and the devastation of becoming a victim. Such thefts also lead to increased automobile accidents and property damage.
Fewer vehicle thefts means there are fewer criminals, fewer victims, and safer communities.
Reduced identity theft5/6
Vehicle thefts victims are at heightened risk of identity theft. The contents of your vehicle reveal personal information about yourself and provide an opportunity for identity theft. This information could be used to impersonate you.
Reduced stolen vehicle market6/6
Reduced vehicle theft leads to decreasing sales of stolen used vehicles and parts. Buying stolen cars and parts can create serious legal and financial consequences for unsuspecting buyers. In addition to losing the money used to purchase the vehicle, buyers can be prosecuted for car theft if they knew the vehicle or parts were stolen.