Motor Vehicle Thefts in 2022

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Increasing theft trends correspond to an adjoining increase in the average value loss of motor vehicle theft. These average value losses are estimated to be an additional $61.8 million in 2020 compared to 2019, and likely another $68.4 million by the end of 2021 given the current trend does not relent.

Areas demonstrating the largest increases of vehicle theft from 2019 to 2021 were reported in the Denver Metro Area, followed by Western and Northern Colorado.

January 2016 to July 2021

Colorado Reported Stolen Vehicles

Source: Colorado Stolen Vehicle Database Repository (CSVDR)

Graph showing a general increase in car theft within Colorado.

Colorado’s Top Ten Stolen Vehicles in 2021


  1. 2005 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup Truck
  2. 2004 Ford F-250
  3. 2000 Honda Civic
  4. 1997 Honda Accord
  5. 2017 Hyundai Sonata
  6. 2015 Kia Optima
  7. 2005 GMC Sierra
  8. 2017 Kia Sportage
  9. 2006 Ford F-350
  10. 2017 Hyundai Tucson

The Top Five (by volume) Colorado Cities for Auto Theft

1. Denver
2. Colorado Springs
3. Aurora
4. Lakewood
5. Pueblo

About 73% of motor vehicle theft offenders are charged with other crimes, including crimes of violence, property crimes, fraud, and drug offenses.

About 15% of reported stolen vehicles were linked to other crimes, including homicide, armed robbery, aggravated assault, drugs, burglary, destruction of property and more.

In 2020, 84% of all reported stolen vehicles recovered, which is well above the national average of 56%. However, many stolen vehicles that are recovered need repair, cleaning or may be dismantled.

Click below to see actual photos of recovered vehicles.