Department of Insurance Is Conducting Auto Theft Awareness
Presentations at Schools in Bossier City, Benton and Plain Dealing
December 2 - 4
December 1, 2008
of Insurance Louisiana Automobile Theft and Insurance Fraud Prevention
Authority (LATIFPA) will be conducting presentations
at middle schools in Bossier City, Benton and Plain Dealing on December
2, 3 and 4, on Auto Theft Prevention Awareness. This public awareness
program kicked off last year and is designed to educate middle and
high school students in Louisiana’s public and private schools
about the consequences of auto theft, according to Commissioner of
Insurance Jim Donelon. The program is sponsored by LATIFPA, a division
within the Department of Insurance.
Commissioner Donelon said the auto theft program is offered through
one and two hour school curriculums that are be presented by the
LATIFPA staff in conjunction with local law enforcement. The program
is being made available to schools in areas where there are high
rates of juvenile auto theft and auto-related criminal activities.
LATIFPA staff estimates approximately 7,000 students will participate
in the program in this school year.
“Research indicates that auto theft is a gateway crime that
potentially leads adolescents to more destructive behavior,” said
Commissioner Donelon. “This program explores the relationship
among the parties involved when an auto theft occurs and the impact
the theft has on the offender’s family and the individual victim,
and the long term effect this illegal activity has on the community
as a whole.” The program also encourages good driving habits
and educates young drivers on how to prevent auto thefts.
The LATIFPA will partner with insurance company claims managers,
juvenile court judges, law enforcement agencies and school officials
to present these programs.
School officials interested in learning more about the program
should contact Denise Cassano, LATIFPA Director, at (225) 342-0819
or Kevin Smith, LATIFPA Deputy Director at (225) 219-0452.