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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 2014, a total of 11,459 motor vehicle thefts were reported by law enforcement agencies in Colorado according to the Colorado Auto Theft Intelligence Coordination Center (ATICC). This is a 55% decrease in motor vehicle thefts from 2005.

Using the FBI's average valuation of $5,972 per stolen vehicle, this amounts to an estimated $68.4 million in losses in Colorado during 2014.

The vehicle style most commonly stolen statewide was passenger cars (25%); followed by sport utility vehicles (9.5%); pickup trucks (8.8%); and vans (3.1%). Source: 2014 ATICC Annual Public Report

The FBI reports there were an estimated 699,594 motor vehicle thefts nationwide in 2013. In 2012, a small increase in vehicle thefts ended a consecutive eight-year run of decreasing thefts. However, the 2013 data shows thefts are once again on the decline.

Colorado's Top Ten Stolen Vehicles in 2014 (NICB)

  1. 1997 Honda Civic
  2. 1996 Honda Accord
  3. 1997 Ford Pick-Up (Full Size)
  4. 1999 Chevrolet Pick-Up (Full Size)
  5. 2001 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee
  6. 1995 Acura Integra
  7. 2001 Dodge Pick-Up (Full Size)
  8. 1999 Toyota Camry
  9. 2002 Ford Explorer
  10. 1999 Subaru Legacy

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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