To address the dramatic rise in vehicle thefts experienced along the Texas-Mexico border, several law enforcement agencies in southern Texas formed a task force that combined specialized investigative techniques and innovative prosecutive arrangements to reduce the number of vehicle thefts. The proactive measures employed by the South Texas Auto Theft Enforcement Task Force (STATETF) have proven effective in apprehending offenders and reducing the vehicle theft rate in the region. This article describes the extent of the vehicle theft problem in south Texas and the reasons for its increase over the past decade, and discusses the activities of the west end unit of the STATETF.

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    Federal Bureau of Investigation

    9th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20535
  • Authors:
    • Ethridge, P A
    • Gonzalez, R
  • Publication Date: 1996-1


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 10-13
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00721503
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-041 977
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 22 1996 12:00AM