Auto theft is a big problem in Colorado. It is crucial that car owners take the necessary precautions to protect their vehicles. One thing car owners NEED to have in order to protect themselves against auto theft is comprehensive car insurance that covers stolen vehicles.
A few members of our team recently attended Property & Casualty Insurance Day at the Colorado State Capitol where we were given some truly frightening statistics about auto theft in Colorado from Lockdown: Coloradans Against Auto Theft.
Colorado has one of the highest auto theft increases in the nation, with an average of 375 vehicles stolen every month. Below are the top ten stolen vehicles in 2018 and the top five Colorado cities for auto theft in 2018.
Colorado’s Top Ten Stolen Vehicles in 2018:
- Honda Civic
- Honda Accord
- Ford F-250
- Chevrolet Silverado
- Ford F-150
- Dodge RAM
- Ford F-350
- Subaru Legacy
- GMC Sierra
- Jeep Grand Cherokee
The Top Five Colorado Cities for Auto Theft in 2018:
- Colorado Springs
Auto theft can easily be prevented. Take the precautions below to ensure your vehicle isn’t stolen this year:
- Never leave your car running unattended.
- Lock your doors every single time.
- Always park in well-lit areas.
- Don’t keep a spare set of keys in the car.
- Put all gifts and all valuables in the trunk or hidden from view.
- Report Suspicious activity to a non-emergency police line.
….And last but certainly not least, obtain comprehensive insurance that covers stolen vehicles.
Now that we’ve informed you how to prevent auto theft on your end, let’s talk about what the state is doing to take care of the issue. ↓
Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority (CATPA) was founded as a way to reduce auto theft in our state. CATPA is a state authority that was established by Colorado statute in 2003 to help reduce Colorado’s serious auto theft problem through the award of grant funds. The Colorado law helps ensure that auto theft prevention efforts are targeted. These efforts have resulted in an increase in stolen vehicle recoveries and criminal prosecutions of hard-core and major organized criminal groups, as well as related crimes. On July 1, 2018 Senate Bill 08-060 was passed and established new mandatory funding for the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority by requiring an annual collection from insurance companies of $1.00 for every insured vehicle.
For more statistics about auto theft in Colorado or to learn more about CATPA, please visit lockdownyourcar.org. To ensure you have proper auto insurance coverage on your vehicle, please contact our office. One of our team members would be happy to assist you.