About Coloradans Against Auto Theft (CAAT)

CAAT’s mission is to combat auto theft through ongoing public awareness, education and citizen engagement.

About Colorado Automobile Theft Prevention Authority

CATPA is a state authority that was established by Colorado statute in 2003 to help reduce the state’s serious auto theft problem, and is funded through the required annual collection from insurance companies of $1.00 for every insured vehicle. The grant helps ensure that auto theft prevention efforts are targeted, and has resulted in an increase in stolen vehicle recoveries and criminal prosecutions of major organized criminal groups.

State legislators determined that the grant funding would be a direct investment by consumers because all Colorado drivers are victims of auto theft as it impacts everyone through increased insurance premiums and rising crime rates in our community, so we all benefit from contributing to these efforts.

Visit the CATPA website to learn more about the grant and the projects it funds.

What is Colorado Doing to Prevent Auto Theft?

While you are protecting yourself from auto theft, Colorado agencies and law enforcement task forces are working diligently to lower the number of auto thefts in our state through the following initiatives:


This is a high-speed camera system that automatically captures license plate information, and can read hundreds of plates a minute. The system runs the collected data through a national or local database, alerting the officer if a match is made.


A bait car is a police-owned vehicle intended to lure in car thieves. If stolen, police dispatchers use its GPS tracking to monitor and record the theft, then disable the engine with the click of a button, allowing for a quick arrest of the thief.


The Colorado Crime Statistics initiative was created as part of the Colorado Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR), a cooperative statistical effort reporting data on offenses, arrests and recovered property. The program generates reliable information to help law enforcement strengthen cases, acquire the resources needed to fight crime, and to use those resources in the most efficient and effective manner.


“Puffer” is the term used to describe a car left running unattended in cold weather, identified by the exhaust vapors that come out of the tailpipe. To a thief, the exhaust advertises a car as unlocked with keys in the ignition. CAAT, law enforcement and other community partners team up each year to educate the public about the dangers of leaving your car running unattended.


A VIN, or Vehicle Identification Number, is a unique identifier that is etched into a vehicle’s windshield or windows. VIN etching makes selling parts more difficult and risky for the thief and increases the odds of a vehicle’s successful recovery.

Get In Contact

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Robert Force

(CATPA Executive Director)