APD's Auto Theft Unit has specialized programs designed to reduce vehicle crimes. The Auto Theft Interdiction Project programs (ATIP) are partly funded by the Texas Auto Burglary & Theft Prevention Authority. There are two auto theft detectives per Austin Region.

ATIP combats vehicle theft and burglary through law enforcement, crime analysis, crime prevention and public awareness. This forms a proactive program to investigate, identify, arrest and charge criminals.

Some of the measures involved in this proactive program are:

  • Investigating burglary of vehicles
  • Performing interdiction activities
  • Identifying and investigating automotive organized crime
  • Conducting operations which target offenders
  • Scheduling and conducting 68-A Inspections
  • Performing VIN etching services and attending community events to educate the public






If you have crime tips, please contact : Capital Area Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS (8477)

Victims of auto theft should still call 9-1-1 to report the crime.

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