The Mansfield Police Department has joined with police departments in Burleson, Kennedale and Midlothian as well as Tarrant County Constable Pct. 7 to target auto burglaries and auto thefts with the formation of the Tri-County Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Task Force.
The focus of the multi-agency task force is to reduce auto burglaries and auto thefts through enforcement and public education. Auto burglaries and thefts cost all residents in higher insurance premiums and in higher taxes for enforcement by local police departments. The plan is to reduce the number of auto burglaries and auto thefts by focusing investigators specifically on this area and taking the criminals that target automobiles off the street.
The Tri-County Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Task Force is funded through grants by the Texas Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority (ABTPA). In 2009 the ABTPA became a part of the newly established Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. The hope of the Tri-County Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Task Force Board of Governors is to continue to receive grant funding and expand the program with more investigators from other agencies.
A major component of the task force's efforts is public education. The public service campaign encourages people to hide valuables that might be visible in their cars, lock their cars when they leave them and take their keys.
You can leave a general message by contacting the Tri-County Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Task Force at 817-728-3910 or by email.