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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 2012, a total of 11,003 motor vehicle thefts were reported by law enforcement agencies in Colorado according to the Colorado Auto Theft Intelligence Coordination Center (ATICC). This is a 57% decrease in motor vehicle thefts from 2005.

Using the FBI's average valuation of $6,019 per stolen vehicle, this amounts to an estimated $66 million in losses in Colorado during 2012.

The vehicle style most commonly stolen statewide was a passenger car (46%), followed by a SUVs (18%), trucks (13%) and motorcycles (11%). Source: 2012 ATICC Annual Public Report

Most auto thefts occurred in the Denver Metropolitan Area (67%), followed by the South Central Area (22%), Western Area (5%), North Central Area (5%) and Eastern Area (1%). Source: 2012 ATICC Annual Public Report

There were an estimated 721,053 motor vehicle thefts nationwide in 2012. The estimated number of motor vehicle thefts increased 0.6% in 2012 when compared with the 2011 estimates, but declined 24.8% when compared to the 2008 estimates, and 42.8% when compared to the 2003 estimates, according to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports. Of all motor vehicles stolen, 73.9% were automobiles.

Colorado's Top Ten Stolen Vehicles in 2012 (NICB)

  1. 1996 Honda Accord
  2. 1997 Honda Civic
  3. 2000 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee
  4. 1997 Ford Pick-Up (Full Size)
  5. 1999 Chevrolet Pick-Up (Full Size)
  6. 1994 Acura Integra
  7. 2001 Dodge Pick-Up (Full Size)
  8. 2003 Ford Explorer
  9. 1994 Toyota Camry
  10. 2004 Subaru Impreza

Colorado Auto Theft by Location in 2012 (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) 2012 Rank
out of 380 MSAs
Total Thefts
2012 Auto Theft Rate
per 100,000 people
Pueblo 48 516 320.79
Colorado Springs 57 2,042 305.53
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood 58 8,014 302.96
Grand Junction 209 208 140.69
Greeley 239 328 124.39
Boulder 295 278 91.05
Fort Collins 316 252 81.16

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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