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Recent auto theft statistics show us crime now rarely stops with a stolen car, and encouraging citizens to do their part to help prevent auto theft is an important step in making Colorado safer.
Colorado State Patrol Chief Colonel Scott Hernandez

Colorado Auto Theft

Auto Theft Prevention TipsIn 2015, a total of 14,859 motor vehicle thefts were reported by law enforcement agencies in Colorado according to the Colorado Auto Theft Intelligence Coordination Center (ATICC). This is a 29.67% increase in motor vehicle thefts from 2014.

Using the FBI's average 2013 valuation of $5,972 per stolen vehicle, this amounts to an estimated $88.7 million in losses in Colorado during 2015. Compared to 2014, this equates to an additional $20.3 million in auto losses.

The vehicle style most commonly stolen statewide was passenger cars (46.1%); followed by sport utility vehicles (20.4%); pickup trucks (12.7%); and motorcycles (8%). Source: 2015 ATICC Annual Public Report

The FBI reports there were an estimated 689,527 motor vehicle thefts nationwide in 2014. In 2013, there were 699,594 reported national auto theft incidents. Source: FBI 2014 Crime in the USA report.

Colorado's Top Ten Stolen Vehicles in 2015 (NICB 2015 Hot Wheels)

  1. Honda Civic*
  2. Honda Accord*
  3. Ford Pick-up (full size)
  4. Jeep Cherokee / Grand Cherokee
  5. Chevrolet Pick-up (full size)
  6. Dodge Pick-Up (full size)
  7. Suburu Legacy
  8. Acura Integra
  9. Toyota Camry
  10. Toyota Corolla

Honda Civic and Accord are represented with vehicle manufactured years from 1985 to 2015. However, 72.6% of these stolen vehicles were manufactured from 1995 to 2000. Source: 2015 ATICC Annual Public Report

Colorado Auto Theft by Reporting Agency in 2015 (2015 ATICC Annual Public Report)

Reporting Agency Thefts Weekly Average
Denver 4005 285.75
Colorado Springs 1491 77.02
Aurora 1182 22.73
Pueblo 815 15.67
Lakewood 743 14.29
Adams County 578 11.12
Thornton 568 10.92

Highest theft days were Fridays and Mondays.

Colorado Auto Theft by Location in 2014 (NICB)

Each year, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) studies Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), or major metropolitan areas to compare the number of vehicle thefts per 100,000 people.

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) 2014 Rank
out of 380 MSAs
Total Thefts
2014 Auto Theft Rate
per 100,000 people
Pueblo 24 654 404.02
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood 58 8,226 298.66
Colorado Springs 82 1,750 254.76
Greeley 196 405 145.86
Grand Junction 241 178 120.06
Boulder 253 358 114.26
Fort Collins 281 310 95.64

Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority

Efforts to combat auto theft play a major role in reducing the number of stolen vehicles. The Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority (CATPA) awards state grants that fund law enforcement, prosecution, training and public awareness activities targeting auto theft. Click here for more information about the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority.

Coloradans Against Auto Theft (CAAT)

Together with law enforcement agencies, insurance companies and community partners, the newly formed Coloradans Against Auto Theft (CAAT) coalition is working to put the brakes on auto theft. CAAT has launched "Lockdown," a statewide auto theft prevention initiative to educate the public on what they can do to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of auto theft.

Logon to CAAT's auto theft prevention website:, for current auto theft trends, victim support, testimonials and current coalition efforts to prevent auto theft in Colorado.

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