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Motor Vehicle Thefts in 2022

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Indications are that Colorado will experience over 42,000 stolen motor vehicles in 2022. This is an 11% increase in total thefts from 2021. Using the estimated average dollar loss per motor vehicle, this equates to an additional 28.1 million dollar impact in 2022 compared to 2021

Areas demonstrating the largest increases of vehicle theft from 2021 to 2022 were reported in Northern Colorado Area, Southern Colorado, and the Denver Metro Area.

2016 to 2022

Colorado Reported Stolen Vehicles

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MTV 16-22

Colorado’s Top Ten Stolen Vehicles in 2022

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  1. Kia Sportage
  2. Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  3. Kia Optima
  4. Kia Sorento
  5. Hyundai Tucson
  6. Hyundai Sonata
  7. Ford F-150
  8. Ford F-250
  9. GMC Sierra
  10. Hyundai Elantra

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

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

 99% of motor vehicle theft offenders are charged with other crimes, including crimes of violence, property crimes, fraud, and drug offenses.

About 15.9% of reported stolen vehicles were linked to other crimes, including homicide, armed robbery, aggravated assault, drugs, burglary, destruction of property and more.

In 2022, 89% of all reported stolen vehicles were recovered, which is well above the national average of 56%. However, many stolen vehicles that are recovered need repair, professional cleaning, or may be dismantled.