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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

Auto Theft Prevention Tips

Auto Theft Prevention TipsThe National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and law enforcement recommend a layered approach to preventing auto theft.

1. Use Common Sense

  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Report anything suspicious and avoid suspicious looking people.
  • Lock your doors.
  • Close your windows completely.
  • Take your keys out of the car.
  • Never leave your car running unattended - not even for a minute.
  • Remove all items from the car or hide them from view.

2. Visible or Audible Anti-Theft Devices

  • Audible alarm system
  • Steering wheel locks
  • Steering column collars
  • Theft deterrent decals
  • Wheel locks
  • Window/VIN etching

3. Vehicle immobilizer

  • Smart keys have computer chips that must be present to start the car.
  • Fuse cut-offs
  • Kill-switches
  • Starter, ignition and fuel disablers

4. Tracking system

  • Install a tracking system that alerts police or a monitoring service when the vehicle is reported stolen.

5. Avoid carjacking

  • Drive with windows rolled up and doors locked.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • When stopped at a signal, leave enough space between you and the next car to be able to drive away if approached.
  • Do not enter your car if someone is loitering. Seek help.
  • Be alert at drive-up ATMs.
  • If all else fails, don't resist. Your life is more important.

Report fraud and vehicle theft to your local law enforcement, as well as the National Insurance Crime Bureau at 1-800-TEL-NICB (1-800-835-6422). Your call to NICB can be anonymous and you may be eligible for a reward.

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