Auto Theft Down in Colorado in 2023

January 19th, 2024
CSP_CATPA

January 19, 2024

PRESS RELEASE

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Auto Theft Down Statewide in 2023

(COLORADO) – Halfway through 2023, the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority (CATPA) and the Colorado State Patrol saw a clear decline in auto theft incidents throughout the state. We are pleased to report that trend held throughout the whole year, with Colorado seeing a reduction in auto theft of approximately 21% from 2022 to 2023. This sizeable reduction is welcome news to the many Coloradoans affected by motor vehicle theft and the many associated crimes.

The noticeable decline in auto theft in 2023 resulted in 8,000 fewer stolen vehicles than in 2022. This reduction in vehicle theft comes on the heels of sustained increases in motor vehicle theft since 2019.

So, what has changed in Colorado that’s had such a dramatic effect on auto theft incidents? A lot and everything. Legislative changes such as SB23-097, which went into effect July 1, completely changed the structure of the auto theft statute in Colorado, and SB23-257, which increased program funding for auto theft prevention programs, to a community focus from local government, law enforcement, and every Coloradoan. The general focus on reducing auto theft has stemmed across Colorado and has taken root within local communities. Colorado has shown reductions statewide and regionally, as has every CATPA region.

While a reduction in auto theft is a welcome reprieve, it does not mean that Coloradoans are in the clear from being future auto theft victims. Auto theft incidents remain at a high level, and vehicle owners should not become complacent. CATPA and the Colorado State Patrol advise all citizens that the best way to combat vehicle theft is through a dynamic approach to vehicle security, beginning with the basics, like locking your doors every time.

Coloradoans should continue efforts to reduce their risk of becoming auto theft victims and perform a self-risk assessment using tools available at lockdownyourcar.org.  A combination of public awareness and mindfulness is an essential partnership for reducing auto theft – and all crime in Colorado.

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About Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority (CATPA):
CATPA is a state authority that was established by Colorado statute in 2003 to help reduce Colorado’s serious auto theft problem through the award of grant funds. The Colorado law helps ensure that auto theft prevention efforts are targeted. These efforts have resulted in an increase in stolen vehicle recoveries and criminal prosecutions of major organized criminal groups, as well as related crimes.


ABOUT THE COLORADO STATE PATROL
Since our origin in 1935, the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) has focused on preserving human life and protecting property within our communities. Our 1,100 members embody the core values of Honor, Duty, and Respect in their daily jobs.  In addition to our expertise in motor vehicle safety on the state’s roadways, the CSP is responsible for the Governor and other dignitaries’ protection, commercial motor vehicle enforcement, hazardous materials, homeland security, communications, investigative services, criminal interdiction, community education, aviation operations, and more. For additional information, visit us online at Colorado State Patrol or follow us on TwitterInstagram, YouTube, or Facebook.

 

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Catalytic Converter Thefts Down in TN: A Sign of Changing Trends?

October 4th, 2023

Reports from Tennessee indicate that through the analysis of National Insurance Crime Bureau data, catalytic converter theft insurance claims are trending downward. At least in Tennessee, and maybe in Colorado as well.  While the data in this study only represents insurance claims made against these thefts, the downward trend is encouraging. The important thing to not here is that this data represents only claims made on policies for catalytic converter thefts, thus missing out on the largest share of the total catalytic converter thefts from vehicles that did not have total comprehensive coverage or claims that excluded catalytic converter theft repairs. Look into the “BeenVerified” map to view Colorado’s insurance claims against catalytic converter thefts. Full article on Tennessee trends Here.

Attempted Catalytic Converter Theft Turns Violent

May 23rd, 2023

A man in Connecticut was assaulted when accidentally discovering two men likely intending to steal his catalytic converter. The victim was hit with a handgun before the assailants took his wallet and left. A stark reminder to never confront a catalytic converter thief. Full story Here.

Stolen Colorado Car Causes Havoc in Wyo

April 6th, 2023

A pair of Colorado thieves used a stolen car to go on a crime spree in Wyoming. Help us stop secondary crimes, Lock Your Car and Take Your Keys. Every Time. And for vehicles that are over five years old, on the top ten most targeted vehicle list, or if you live in a auto theft hot spot be sure to consider additional vehicle security measures like steering wheel locks and aftermarket security/immobilizer systems. Contact us to learn more!

Full story Here.

Assessment of Motor Vehicle Thefts in Colorado 2019

February 3rd, 2020

 

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, 2019 through December 31, 2019.


Data used in this report is sourced from the Colorado Stolen Vehicle Database Repository administered by the ATICC. The repository contains records of all stolen and recovered vehicles entered and removed from the Colorado Crime Information Center (CCIC).


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Auto thefts up statewide, report says

July 11th, 2019

 

Statewide, 2018 auto thefts were up 9.4 percent over the prior year, and 18 percent over 2016, according to the Colorado Auto Theft Intelligence Coordination Center, a task force of the Colorado State Patrol, local law enforcement agencies and others.

Source: The Daily Sentinel

Read the article here.

National Insurance Crime Bureau’s 2018 Hot Spots Vehicle Theft Report

June 28th, 2019

 

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released their 2018 Hot Spots Vehicle Theft Report on June 25, 2019.
According to the report, of the seven Colorado Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA), five of them were above the national MSA theft rate in 2018 – Pueblo, Denver-Aurora Lakewood, Colorado Springs, Greeley and Boulder. However, this is down from 2017, in which six were above the theft rate.

  1. Pueblo, ranks #4 in the nation, making the top 10 for four years in a row in thefts based on 100,000 population.
  2. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood is ranked #13 on the list in thefts based on 100,000 population.

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Assessment of Motor Vehicle Thefts in Colorado 2018

April 9th, 2019

 

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, 2018 through December 31, 2018.


Data used in this report is sourced from the Colorado Stolen Vehicle Database Repository administered by the ATICC. The repository contains records of all stolen and recovered vehicles entered and removed from the Colorado Crime Information Center (CCIC).


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Assessment of Motor Vehicle Thefts in Colorado 2017

February 15th, 2018
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 all stolen and recovered vehicles entered and removed from the Colorado Crime Information Center (CCIC).

   Read more here

NICB Releases Annual Holiday Vehicle Theft Report

November 19th, 2014

DES PLAINES, Ill., Nov. 19, 2014 — Car thieves don’t take a break for the holidays, according to new data released today by the National Insurance Crime Bureau. NICB’s 2013 Annual Holiday Vehicle Theft Report analyzes data from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), which showed a total of 708,909 vehicle thefts for the year.
Read the full story here »

DES PLAINES, Ill., Nov. 19, 2014 — Car thieves don’t take a break for the holidays, according to new data released today by the National Insurance Crime Bureau. NICB’s 2013 Annual Holiday Vehicle Theft Report analyzes data from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), which showed a total of 708,909 vehicle thefts for the year.
Read the full story here »

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