Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority

The Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority (MVCPA) has fostered a statewide cooperative network of law enforcement groups, prosecutors, insurance industry representatives, local tax assessor-collectors, and concerned citizens to combat vehicle theft and burglary through enforcement, prevention, public information, and education initiatives. In addition to providing guidance and oversight, MVCPA awards financial grants to agencies, organizations, and concerned parties in an effort to raise public awareness of vehicle theft and burglary and implement education and prevention initiatives.

MVCPA Board Meeting

Established by the 72nd Texas Legislature in 1991, the Texas Automobile Theft Prevention Authority (ATPA) became the first statewide effort to reduce auto theft. The 80th Legislature amended the ATPA mission in House Bill 1887 to also emphasize reducing vehicle burglaries. The resulting agency, the Texas Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority (ABTPA), is charged with assessing automobile burglary, theft, and economic theft (burglary or theft committed for financial gain) in Texas, analyzing the methods and providing financial support to combat the problems. In 2009, the ABTPA became part of the newly established Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. The name was changed to Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority in 2019.

MVCPA’s Grantees provides the following services at various events across Texas:

  • Presentations
  • VIN etching
  • Conference booths
  • News articles
  • And more.

Contact us at  for more information and to request participation in an upcoming event.

The Governor of Texas appoints six individuals to serve staggered six-year terms on the board of directors.

Board members include:

  • The executive director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, who serves ex-officio.
  • Two law enforcement representatives
  • Two consumer representatives
  • Two insurance representatives


MVCPA Board of Directors
Assistant Chief Miguel “Mike” Rodriguez Assistant Chief Miguel “Mike” Rodriguez  
Board Chair
Law Enforcement Representative
Katherine Whitehill Katherine “Kit” Whitehill  
Board Member
Consumer Representative
Gilberto Salinas Gilberto Salinas  
Board Member
Consumer Representative
Ashley Hunter Ashley Hunter  
Board Member
Insurance Representative
Phillip Shay Gause Phillip Shay Gause  
Board Member
Insurance Representative
Julio C. Gonzalez Julio C. Gonzalez  
Board Member
Law Enforcement Representative
Major Sharon Jones Major Sharon Jones  
Ex Officio Board Member Designee
Texas Dept. of Public Safety
August 3, 2021 - Board Meeting
June 30, 2021 - Board Meeting
February 25, 2021 - Board Meeting
July 9, 2020 - Board Meeting
February 5, 2020 - Board Meeting
February 4, 2020 - Grants, Budget and Reports Committee
  • Agenda
  • Materials
  • Video
  • Transcript
July 11, 2019 - Board Meeting
July 10, 2019 - Grants, Budget and Reports Committee
January 10, 2019 - Board Meeting
May 23, 2018 - Board Meeting
November 14, 2017 - Board Meeting

The Texas Administrative Code lists the state agency’s rules. The Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority rules can be accessed at: Texas Administrative Code

More Information

For more information, please email the Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority at AskMVCPA or call (512) 465-1485.