Department of Insurance LATIFPA Conducting School Presentations
September 15, 2009
Department of Insurance Louisiana Automobile Theft and Insurance
(LATIFPA) will be conducting presentations
at Hamilton Terrance Learning Center and Donnie Bickham Middle
School in Shreveport on September 16. This public awareness program
to educate middle and high school students in Louisiana’s public
and private schools about the consequences of auto theft and is presented
through the use of two different curriculums, according to Commissioner
of Insurance Jim Donelon. This program is sponsored by LATIFPA, a
division within the Department of Insurance.
Commissioner Donelon said the auto theft program is offered through
a one hour school curriculum that is presented by the LATIFPA staff. The program is being made available to schools in areas where
there are high rates of juvenile auto theft and auto-related criminal activities. LATIFPA staff estimates approximately
5,000 students will participate in the program during this school year. To date, the program has been presented to over 8,000 school
students throughout Louisiana.
“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 an auto theft
occurs and the impact that theft has on the juvenile’s family, the individual
victim or family of the victim, and the long-term effect this activity has on
the community as a whole.” This program also encourages good driving habits
and educates young drivers on how to prevent vehicle thefts, according to Commissioner
of Insurance Jim Donelon.
LATIFPA will partner with insurance companies, juvenile court
judges, local law enforcement agencies and school district personnel to expand this educational message on auto theft
awareness and prevention.
School 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
or you may visit our website at www.ldi.state.la.us/LATIFPA.