Commissioner Donelon announces another successful year for LATIFPA
auto theft awareness education program
Jim Donelon is pleased to announce another successful year for the
Louisiana Automobile Theft and Insurance Fraud
Prevention Authority (LATIFPA) auto theft awareness education program.
LATIFPA recently comCommissioner Donelon announces another successful
year for LATIFPA auto theft awareness education programpleted its
2009/2010 school year auto theft awareness education program designed
to educate middle and high school students
in Louisiana schools about the consequences of auto theft and how to
avoid becoming a victim of vehicle theft by parking smart. The program
is sponsored by LATIFPA, a division within the Department of Insurance.
The program was conducted during this school year, through a one
and a half hour school curriculum, in 23 different schools
parishes in Louisiana. The program is being made available to schools
in areas where there are high rates of juvenile auto theft and auto-related
criminal activities and is presented by the LATIFPA staff in partnership
with local law enforcement and school officials. LATIFPA staff estimated
that approximately 5,000 students participated in the program in
the 2009/2010 school year. Since the inception of this program,
schools and over 17,000 students have participated in this important
education initiative. This program which is offered free of charge
to all school districts in Louisiana is conducted by LATIFPA staff.
“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 a juvenile
commits auto theft and the impact that theft has on a juvenile’s family,
the victim or family of the victim, and the long-term effect the offence has
on the community where the juvenile offender lives.” The program also encourages
good driving habits and educates young drivers on how to prevent auto theft.
officials interested in learning more about the program, should contact
Denise Cassano, LATIFPA Director, at (225) 342-0819
or Kevin Smith, LATIFPA
Assistant Director, at (225) 219-0452. This program is available during
the summer months for school or other education organizations in Louisiana.
information about the Louisiana Department of Insurance, please call
1-800-259-5300 or visit the department’s website at www.ldi.state.la.us.