The Arizona Automobile Theft Authority (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. Funded by the Insurance Industry by a mandatory $1 per year assessment on every vehicle insured in the State of Arizona, the AATA does NOT receive any funding from the State's General Fund. The AATA serves as a unique example of a government/business/consumer partnership.
The AATA funds the Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force, (AVTTF), a multi-agency Task force within the Arizona Department of Public Safety, as well as additional grants to local law enforcement and criminal justice agencies for professional development/training, vertical prosecution, and public awareness/prevention activities.
The AATA's also engages in community education with the Watch Your Car Program, Vin Etching events, as well as maintaining a social media presence to share messages and stories that strongly encourages the public to be diligent about practicing theft prevention and utilize a "layered approach" to protection.