Auto thefts decline in La. since 2006

The number of vehicle thefts in Louisiana dropped nearly 42 percent from 2006 through 2011, according to the latest figures from the FBI Uniform Crime Report.

There were 15,640 autos stolen in 2006, the report shows, and 9,123 stolen in 2011.

“We are pleased that we continue to see progress since, in addition to the trauma such instances inflict on vehicle owners, motor vehicle theft is one of several factors considered by insurance companies when setting our auto insurance premiums,” Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon said in a news release. “Proactive law enforcement strategies, coupled with the effective use of anti-theft technology such as license plate readers and alarm systems, plus increased public awareness about vehicle theft, are really paying off through this significant reduction in crime.”