Colorado Leads Nation in Car Theft Rates: 10-Year FBI Study Reveals Shocking Numbers

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Living in Colorado means facing a higher risk of car theft compared to other states. According to a recent FBI study, Colorado tops the list for car thefts, with 851.70 reported thefts per 100,000 vehicles between 2012 and 2022. That’s a total of 45,883 stolen vehicles in that period.

Cale Gould, from the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority (CATPA), explains that the FBI stats cover various car-related crimes, not just thefts. They include attempted thefts, break-ins, and stealing parts. Gould notes that they track thefts per vehicle, not just the number of reports.

But there’s some good news amidst this. Car thefts in Colorado have dropped significantly in the last two years. Gould mentions a 20% reduction in 2023 and a further 25-30% drop in the current year.

A report from CAPTA highlights significant decreases in auto thefts, especially in the Denver Metro area and Southern Colorado.

Contrary to popular belief, cars are often stolen for other crimes, not just for joyriding. Gould explains that cars are sometimes used in more serious offenses like drive-by shootings.

The top stolen cars in Colorado include models like Chevrolet Silverado, Hyundai Elantra, and Honda Civic. Gould advises people to take precautions like locking their cars and not leaving keys inside.

CATPA provides resources for preventing car theft, including educational materials and tools like steering wheel locks and parking boots, which can be purchased inexpensively online. Taking simple steps like these can significantly reduce the risk of car theft.

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