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.

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.

Colorado’s Top Ten Stolen Vehicles in 2020

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  1. 2005 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup Truck
  2. 1998 Honda Civic
  3. 1997 Honda Accord
  4. 2003 Ford F-250 Pickup Truck
  5. 2005 GMC Sierra Pickup Truck
  6. 2014 Ford F-150 Pickup Truck
  7. 2006 Ford F-350 Pickup Truck
  8. 2001 and 2005 Dodge/Ram 1500 Pick Trucks
  9. 2016 Hyundai Sonata
  10. 1999 and 2000 Honda CR-V

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.