Auto theft affects the entire community. It is often just the first in a series of crimes, as 73% of adult car thieves are charged with additional offenses such as drug crimes, armed robbery, home invasion and identity theft.

Never leave your car running unattended.
Always keep your car doors locked, when driving or parked.
Always park in well-lit areas.
Don’t store firearms in your car.
Avoid leaving documents with your address in glove box. (Only keep the half of the registration slip without your address in your car.)
Don’t keep a spare set of keys in the car.
Keep all valuables in the trunk or hidden from view.
If you are approached, do not roll down the windows or open a door.
When buying a used vehicle, always check the VIN to ensure it hasn’t been stolen. Visit NICB for more information.
Manage your risk- buy comprehensive insurance that covers stolen vehicles. Also consider getting gap insurance.

All About Puffer Cars

A “puffer” is a car left running unattended. The exhaust vapors that come out of a running vehicle’s tailpipe in cold weather signals an easy steal to a thief.

In Colorado, it’s illegal to leave your car running unattended unless you have a remote starter system in your vehicle and your keyless fob is far enough away that the car cannot be moved. Remember to keep the keyless fob in a safe place so the wrong hands can’t get to it.

Purchase a remote start from the original manufacturer or a proven after-market source, but make sure the doors are locked and the start fob is in a safe place.

Warm-up with your car: grab a hot drink, gloves and a blanket. Most cars don’t need to idle for more than 1-2 minutes.

Park in an enclosed garage whenever possible.