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 possession offenses in the Mile High City.

These crime statistics are for the city of Denver, but the problem stretches across the Front Range. Pueblo had the second most car thefts per person in the U.S. in a recent national insurance report.

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