SANTA FE—Last night, the House of Representatives unanimously approved Rep. Bill Rehm’s (R-Albuquerque) effort to create an auto theft prevention authority in New Mexico.  


House Bill 173 establishes an auto theft prevention authority within the New Mexico Office of 

the Superintendent of Insurance. The idea is based on a similar authority in Colorado. The authority to seek federal and private funds to help local law enforcement agencies and prosecutors prevent, investigate, and prosecute auto thefts.  


“Albuquerque leads the nation in property crime, and auto thefts are at the top of the list,” said Rep. Rehm. “This approach joins law enforcement with insurance authorities to fight this pervasive problem in New Mexico. I appreciate the support this bill has received in the House. With only a handful of days left in this session, I urge the Senate to act quickly on this important idea that will protect New Mexicans.” 


HB 173 now awaits action by the Senate.