The Sheriff’s Combined Auto Theft Task Force (SCATTF) presently encompasses 17 counties in Central Texas, including Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Llano, Travis, Bell, Colorado, Gonzales, Jackson, Milam, Wharton, Blanco, Comal, Guadalupe, Lee and Wilson. This is will be our 18th year to participate in the program and our mission is to reduce auto burglary and theft related crimes. We will accomplish this through the collaborative efforts of the Task Force, the support of the local community officials and leaders, business partners and the public. SCATTF is funded by the Automobile Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority (ABTPA).
Since its inception, ABTPA funded task forces have reduced motor vehicle theft by over 60% and the recovery of stolen motor vehicles has increased by 20%. The total value of vehicles and other properties recovered by the ABTPA task forces has exceeded $11.6 Billion dollars. This has become a billion dollar a year criminal trade.
Specific efforts include media and public awareness events (VIN Etchings, etc.) and officer training programs (continuing education in the field of auto theft recognition). This has continued to promote communication and allows the sharing of knowledge and experience among the investigators.
SCATTF will continue proactive measures with the following:
- Interdiction Activities
- Targeting Auto Theft Offenders
- Reducing Auto Theft in Texas
- Reducing Burglary Of Motor Vehicle in Texas
- Conduct Salvage Inspections
- Conduct Vehicle Storage Facility Inspections
- Insurance Fraud Investigations
- Title Fraud Investigations
- 68-A Inspections
Currently we have eleven Investigators, one Sergeant and one Community Liaison.