Texas Awards $13.6M in Grants to Fight Motor Vehicle Crime

August 4, 2021

Communities across Texas are sharing $13.6 million in grant funding aimed at reducing and preventing motor vehicle crime in the state.

The Texas Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority (MVCPA) grants provide support for motor vehicle theft and fraud-related motor vehicle crime enforcement teams. These investigators identify trends, use specialized equipment and maintain statewide coordination to combat crime.

In Fiscal Year 2020, taskforces (236 officers) funded by MVCPA recovered 12,860 vehicles, cleared 19,258 motor vehicle theft cases, and arrested 3,592 people for motor vehicle theft.

This year, 24 law enforcement agencies submitted applications for grant funding. Many of the applications are for multi-jurisdictional taskforces where agencies combine resources in the fight against motor vehicle related crime.

Grant Recipients
  • City of Austin: $411,300
  • City of Laredo: $756,565
  • City of Beaumont: $583,951
  • Lubbock County: $446,785
  • City of Brownsville: $1,020,922
  • City of Mansfield: $331,342
  • Burnet County: $220,895
  • Montgomery County: $372,720
  • City of Corpus Christi: $429,518
  • City of Paris: $117,857
  • City of Dallas: $797,339
  • City of Pasadena: $83,940
  • Dallas County: $544,454
  • Potter County: $399,494
  • City of Eagle Pass: $138,059
  • City of San Antonio: $815,785
  • City of El Paso: $975,265
  • Smith County: $357,474
  • Galveston County: $518,201
  • Tarrant County: $1,332,593
  • Harris County: $853,100
  • Travis County: $697,075
  • City of Houston: $1,251,130
  • Travis County: $697,075

Established by the 72nd Texas legislature in 1991, MVCPA is charged with combatting motor vehicle theft, motor vehicle burglary, and fraud-related motor vehicle crime in Texas. This is the 29th year the authority has issued grant funding to law enforcement across the state.

Source: Texas MVCPA

Topics Texas Auto Fraud

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