Assessment of Motor Vehicle Thefts in Colorado 2017

The Auto Theft Intelligence Coordination Center (ATICC) has prepared the following assessment regarding the occurrence of motor vehicle theft in Colorado, during the period of January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. Data used in this report is sourced from the Colorado Stolen Vehicle Database Repository administered by the ATICC. The repository contains records of … Continued

When ‘Puffers’ are Stolen, the Community Pays

There’s good news and bad news for Puebloans who have their running and unattended vehicles stolen by opportunistic thieves. The good news is the vehicle owner likely won’t have to pay higher insurance rates or premiums on their comprehensive insurance, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the theft. The bad news — in addition to the … Continued

Puffer Week Underway to Spread Auto Theft Awareness

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Dropping temperatures prompt many of us to warm up our cars before we take off, but by leaving them running, unlocked and unattended, we could be setting ourselves up for the worst. This is called “puffing”, and it’s against the law. Currently, a statewide initiative called Puffer Week is underway, which … Continued

Law Enforcement & Community Partners Join Forces for Colorado Puffer Week

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Krista Silano, 303-832-2700 ext. 211 Carole Walker, Coloradans Against Auto Theft Chair, 303-790-0216 Twitter: @StopAutoTheftCO Facebook: @ColoradansAgainstAutoTheft   Law Enforcement & Community Partners Join Forces for Colorado Puffer Week Statewide “Puffer Week” Campaign Reminds Coloradans that Cars Left Running Unattended are an Easy Steal Denver, Colo. (Jan. 22, 2017) — Coloradans … Continued

Denver Couple Has Two Cars Stolen in Four Months

SOURCE: :: The most recent theft happened one morning in December in the back alley of Nate and Vanessa Boyer’s Highlands home. Someone drove off with Nate’s Dodge Rebel pickup, which he runs a construction business out of. “It was about 7 in the morning and I was just making coffee. And I heard … Continued

Denver Saw Big 2017 Jumps In Car Thefts, Meth Arrests

SOURCE: Colorado Public Radio :: Denver is dealing with double-digit increases in car thefts and meth arrests — and experts say the two are linked. According to Denver Police Department data, in 2017 there were 5,371 car thefts, up 13 percent over 2016. Methamphetamine arrests are up 31 percent in 2017, with police reporting 1,171 … Continued

DORA Releases CATPA Legislative Review

Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) 2017 Sunset Review: The Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority and the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority Board SUMMARY What is it? The Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority (CATPA) program was created by the General Assembly to enable law enforcement agencies or other qualified applicants to apply for grants to assist … Continued

If You Knew Where Auto Theft Ended, Would You Start Locking Your Car?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Megan Tobias, 303-832-2700 ext. 214 Carole Walker, Coloradans Against Auto Theft Chair, 303-790-0216 Twitter: @StopAutoTheftCO Facebook: @ColoradansAgainstAutoTheft   If You Knew Where Auto Theft Ended, Would You Start Locking Your Car? An Average of 347 Vehicles are Stolen in Colorado Each Week. Coloradans Against Auto Theft’s New Campaign Reminds Drivers of the … Continued

Key Taken During Puffer Theft Likely Used To Enter House

Denver, Colo – One man is in custody and another on the run after entering a Denver home Tuesday morning using a key stolen from a puffer SUV.

Denver police said a black Yukon was stolen last Friday when it was left running outside a house on the 2700 block of South Depew Street. Then, just before 5 a.m. Tuesday, two men used a key likely from the stolen vehicle to enter the home.

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Aurora Police Go Out On Puffer Patrol

Aurora, Colo – It can be tempting to warm up your car on cold days like Tuesday morning. But you would be breaking the law if you did.

Dozens of people learned that the hard way in Aurora as officers executed a city-wide “puffer” operation Tuesday morning. Warming up your car could leave you out in the cold.

“It invites crime. It invites a thief to steal your vehicle,” Aurora police Officer Patricia Perea said.

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2016 Puffer Week Combines Education and Enforcement to Combat Auto Theft

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Holly Franklin, 303-832-2700 ext. 221 Carole Walker, Coloradans Against Auto Theft Chair, 303-790-0216 Twitter: @StopAutoTheftCO Facebook: ColoradansAgainstAutoTheft 2016 Puffer Week Combines Education and Enforcement to Combat Auto Theft New Auto Theft Poll: Majority of Coloradans agree leaving cars running unattended is a top way cars get stolen, but 34% admit to leaving … Continued

Brighton police capture man who led police on chase in stolen car

Brighton, Colo – Police announced Saturday night they had arrested a 24-year-old man they believe drove a stolen Lexus into a patrol car while escaping and then stole a pickup after he crashed the first stolen car.

Cesar Irreza is being investigated for multiple possible violations, according to a Brighton police news release. The convicted car thief is on probation, according to court records.

A witness called police at 5:45 p.m. Friday after spotting a fugitive driving a stolen white Lexus near North 19th Avenue and Longs Peak Street in Brighton.

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Colorado Springs homicide victim’s vehicle stolen, recovered in Cañon City

CAÑON CITY, Colo. — A vehicle stolen from a Colorado Springs homicide victim was found in Cañon City Tuesday, according to police.

Cañon City police said around 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, an officer spotted a “suspicious vehicle” in the parking lot of the Walmart. The officer tried to pull the vehicle over, but it left the area. Police investigated further and learned the vehicle was stolen, and was wanted in connection with a homicide investigation in Colorado Springs.

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Man Who Had ‘Puffer’ Van Stolen Desperate To Get His Dog Back

DENVER (CBS4) – A man is searching for his dog that was stolen along with his van. He wanted to tell his story so that other people won’t leave their cars running, or “puffing,” when it’s cold.

Scott Hills has blanketed the area where his van was stolen with signs and pictures of his dog, Arrow. He’s offering a $100 reward just to get his dog back. He says the van isn’t even important to him — it’s Arrow that matters most.

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Schools take precautions while police search for people who stole a puffer car

DENVER – Three Denver schools briefly enacted security protocols while Denver Police searched the area for suspects who abandoned a stolen vehicle.

The car was dumped along South Sheridan Boulevard, south of West Yale Avenue. Officers believe the suspects left the vehicle and ran off on foot, Denver Police Spokesman Sonny Jackson explained at 8:20 a.m.

Jackson also said the stolen vehicle was a puffer, a car left running unattended — which is illegal.

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Remote starters could be answer to rash of “puffer” thefts in Longmont

It’s a frigid northern Colorado winter morning and the temperature hovers close to zero.

In order to give the seat warmers a chance to get nice and toasty, you turn on the car and walk back inside to drink the cinnamon mocha cappuccino brewing on the Keurig. Convenient, but you run the risk of returning to an empty driveway and tire tracks heading up the street and around the corner.

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Protect Your Cars from Being Stolen

During the winter months many of us leave our keys in the car to warm up or because we are running inside for a quick moment. Experts say the number of cars stolen because of puffing increase this time of year. Carole Walker with Coloradans Against Auto Theft spoke with us about ways to keep your car protected from thieves.

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Colorado organization hosting social media contest to combat auto theft

Coloradans Against Auto Theft has launched a social media contest to raise awareness about the dangers of leaving running cars unattended.

They’re asking Coloradans to post a photo of how they warm up with their cars in the morning. It can be funny, sweet, or exciting. Participants are invited to enter by posting a photo to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #CarWarmUps, or going to CAAT’s Facebook page and uploading a photo. Organizers said all photos are vetted before being posted to the contest page.

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