When vehicle theft rates rise in Illinois, so do insurance premiums.
Since 1991, the Illinois Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention & Insurance Verification Council has reduced vehicle theft in Illinois by 63%.
The reduction in vehicle theft equals savings in your pocket.
The mission of the Illinois MVTPIV Council is to prevent, combat and reduce motor vehicle theft, insurance fraud, and motor vehicle theft-related crimes including recycled metal theft in Illinois through supportive efforts with law enforcement..
Vehicle theft in Illinois has dropped nearly 63% since the Motor Vehicle Theft & Insurance Verification Act was first passed by the General Assembly. From 1991 to 2014, the annual number of stolen vehicles decreased from 75,214 to 27,549. This has resulted in a projected savings of more than $340 million in property losses.
Grant funds awarded by the Council have improved motor vehicle theft law enforcement by establishing and supporting multi-jurisdictional task forces, investigative teams, and other anti-theft efforts throughout the state.
In 1991, the General Assembly established the Illinois Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Council, an 11-member coalition of representatives from the insurance industry, state's attorneys and law enforcement officers, which was overseen by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.
The Illinois Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Act requires insurance companies to pay $1 into a special trust fund for each private passenger automobile insured for physical damage coverage in Illinois.
Approximately $6.5 million is collected annually and distributed by the Council for the purpose of reducing vehicle theft, motor vehicle theft-related crimes and insurance fraud in Illinois. The funds are designated to support law enforcement programs that increase investigation and prosecution of vehicle theft-related crimes.
Between 1991 and 2014, the annual number of motor vehicle theft offenses in Illinois dropped 70 percent from 75,214 to 22,854.
In March 2015, the Governor issued Illinois Executive Order 8, which suspended state grants for that fiscal year and led to the suspension of grant contracts issued by the Council. The ensuing state budget impasse, which lasted through August 2017, did not provide an appropriation for the Council to use monies deposited into the trust fund.
In 2017, the General Assembly passed House Bill 2610 (Senator Munoz/Representative D'Amico), which was signed into law that August and became Public Act 100-0373. The Public Act restructured the Council, changed administrative oversight from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority to the Illinois Secretary of State's Office, and expanded the scope of the Council.
Today the new Illinois Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention and Insurance Verification Council remains committed to reducing vehicle theft, motor vehicle theft-related crimes and insurance fraud, but may also consider efforts to deter, investigate and prosecute recyclable metal theft.
In addition to the prevention of vehicle thefts, the trust fund supports the Secretary of State Mandatory Insurance Verification Program, which electronically verifies the status of motor vehicle liability insurance policies and prevents uninsured motorists from renewing their vehicle registrations.
The 11-member Council appoints a 5-member Grant Review Committee to review grant proposals, budgets, and other information that must be brought before the Council in order to award grants and carry out their mission.
If you are a insurance company seeking information on making a payment to the Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention & Insurance Verification Trust Fund, please read the 2020 Annual Insurance Assessment Letter
The Illinois Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention and Insurance Verification Council 2018 Annual Report describes the Council's achievements and challenges over the past year. The Council's partnership of public and private sectors is effectively fighting vehicle theft in Illinois.
A statewide motor vehicle theft prevention strategy centered on expert opinion, data analyses, public input and the effectiveness of funded programs is adopted by the Council every four years. The strategy describes the nature and extent of vehicle theft in Illinois, regions where the problem is greatest, particular problems that the Council should focus on, and the types of programs that should be supported.