The Tarrant Regional Auto Crimes Task Force began in 1993 to combat motor vehicle theft. Since its inception, the Task Force is proven effective reducing the motor vehicle theft rate and is nationally recognized for its success. Through the years, the Task Force’s mission has expanded to include motor vehicle theft, motor vehicle burglary, theft of motor vehicle parts, and motor vehicle related fraud. The Task Force receives a portion of its funding from the Texas Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority, a division of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. It is comprised of investigators from 10 state and local agencies operating under the umbrella of the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators assigned to the Task Force are from the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, Texas Department of Public Safety, Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, Parker County Sheriff’s Office, Arlington Police Department, Fort Worth Police Department, Hurst Police Department, Haltom City Police Department, Euless Police Department and the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
Motor vehicle crimes do not follow any boundaries therefore the Task Force concentrates on motor vehicle crimes that involve large dollar losses, multi-jurisdictional investigations and large organized criminal operations. The investigators are specialized in identifying vehicles and twice per month provide vehicle inspections as a public service to assist with titling matters. To protect the public, the Task Force routinely inspects businesses such as repair shops, dealerships, and salvage yards for improper activities. The team assists with operating a fleet of bait vehicles throughout the larger Tarrant and Parker County region. The addition of investigators from the Department of Motor Vehicles allows the agency to address both administrative and criminal violations involving motor vehicle sales. Assistance is also provided to motor vehicle dealerships when they have been victimized by fraud.
The Task Force has a robust crime prevention program. Two critical components of the program include the Auto Etching and Tailgate Marking Events. The etching program marks all vehicle windows with the VIN number, making those parts easily identifiable should the vehicle be stolen. Tailgate marking is very similar giving law enforcement a method to identify stolen tailgates. Educational and crime prevention presentations are available to community organizations upon request.
Tarrant Regional Auto Crimes Task Force 817-560-6560
County Telephone Operator 817-884-1111
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