2007 California Vehicle Code Chapter 5. Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention

CA Codes (veh:10900-10902)

VEHICLE CODE

SECTION 10900-10902




10900.  This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Motor
Vehicle Theft Prevention Act."



10901.  (a) Pursuant to Section 1872.8 of the Insurance Code,
proceeds from the assessment imposed thereunder shall be used to fund
prevention and increased investigation of economic automobile theft.
  Funds received pursuant to Section 1872.8 of the Insurance Code
shall be deposited in the Motor Vehicle Account and appropriated to
the Department of the California Highway Patrol for prevention and
enhanced investigative efforts to deter economic automobile theft.
   (b) Moneys received by the commissioner pursuant to this section
shall be used to fund (1) enhanced programs to prevent and
investigate economic automobile theft; (2) a program directed at
investigating and interdicting the export of stolen motor vehicles
and stolen motor vehicle components across an international border;
and (3) to operate the CAL H.E.A.T. (Californians Help Eliminate Auto
Theft) program.  Moneys received by a local law enforcement agency
pursuant to this section shall be used to fund enhanced programs to
prevent and investigate economic automobile theft and shall not be
used to supplant or replace funding of existing personnel or
equipment.
   The commissioner shall submit an annual report to the Legislature,
no later than 90 days following the completion of the fiscal year,
accounting for all funds received and disbursed pursuant to this
section.  The report shall detail (A) the uses to which those funds
were put, including payment of salaries and expenses, purchase of
equipment and supplies, and other expenditures by type; and (B)
results achieved as a consequence of expenditures made, including the
number of investigations, arrests, complaints filed, convictions,
and the number of vehicles recovered and amounts of property losses
saved.
   (c) As used in this section, "economic automobile theft" means
automobile theft perpetrated for financial gain, including, but not
limited to, the following:
   (1) Theft of a motor vehicle for financial gain.
   (2) Reporting that a motor vehicle has been stolen for the purpose
of filing a false insurance claim.
   (3) Engaging in any act prohibited by Chapter 3.5 (commencing with
Section 10801) of Division 4.
   (4) Switching of vehicle identification numbers to obtain title to
a stolen motor vehicle.



10902.  The Department of the California Highway Patrol shall
establish a program entitled "CAL H.E.A.T." (Californians Help
Eliminate Auto Theft) for the purpose of reducing the incidence of
economic auto theft in California. The program shall be an anti-auto
theft program with a toll-free telephone hotline operator funded by
the department using funds distributed to it pursuant to Section
10901.  The hotline operator shall channel reports from the public
regarding auto thefts to state and local law enforcement agencies.
In the annual report, the commissioner shall report on the results of
this program, including the number of calls from the public
reporting a suspected motor vehicle theft, the number of arrests,
complaints filed, convictions, and vehicles recovered, and the amount
of property losses saved as a result of the program.
   If funded by admitted insurers in this state, the program may
offer rewards for reports that lead to the arrest and conviction of a
person engaged in economic automobile theft.  If so funded, the
Department of the California Highway Patrol shall establish a claims
board, which shall include appointments from state and local law
enforcement agencies and the insurance industry, to determine the
amount of individual awards.

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