The AATA is a state agency whose mission is to deter vehicle theft through a cooperative effort by supporting law enforcement activities, vertical prosecution, and public awareness/community education programs. We are funded by the Insurance Industry by a mandatory $1 per year assessment on every vehicle insured in the State of Arizona. The Agency does not receive ANY funding from the State's General Fund. We are a unique example of a government/business/consumer partnership.
In addition to the Watch Your Car program, the AATA also funds the Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force and issues grants to local criminal justice agencies for law enforcement, vertical prosecution, and public awareness/community education activities.
The AATA's community education message strongly encourages the public to be diligent about practicing theft prevention and utilize a "layered approach" to protection (for more information, see our Theft Prevention page). Simply stated, the more theft prevention devices on your vehicle, the tougher it will be to steal.