Auto Theft

Did you know that the National Insurance Crime Bureau found that “Colorado is the biggest state for auto theft”? The national average for motor vehicle theft is approximately 246 incidents per 100,000 people, whereas Colorado experiences 524 motor vehicle thefts per 100,000 inhabitants. This means that the possibility of auto theft is 53 percent higher in Colorado than the national average.

Motor Vehicle theft has increased across the United States by 10 percent from 2019 to 2020. Auto theft can encompass a variety of stolen items, including stolen car parts, personal items, as well as whole vehicles. Some of the most common stolen items from vehicles include car radios, phones, laptops, GPS devices, tags, tires, and catalytic converters. There has been a noticeable increase in stolen catalytic converters since 2019 largely due to the precious metals contained within these parts. Studies show that older vehicles are more likely to be stolen as compared to new vehicles, due to their general lack of cameras and advanced anti-theft devices. Citizens are encouraged to lock their vehicles, park in well lit areas, not leave any valuables in their car, and never leave a running car unattended. To read more about motor vehicle theft, please visit