Colorado’s auto theft statistics might have experienced a 63% decrease in 2011; however it still has a reported 9,311 car theft incidents in the same year. Even more surprising, is that it has been believed that people are more likely to experience car theft in the local state, than people living in New York or Ohio.
Car theft trends
Every week there are 140 cars stolen in Colorado, and in most cases, Honda Accord is the popular choice for thieves. In 2011, it has been stolen eight times across the Colorado area. Rounding up the list, NICB released a list of top ten stolen vehicles in 2010.
Colorado’s Top Ten Stolen Vehicles in 2010 (NICB)
- 1996 Honda Accord
- 2000 Honda Civic
- 1995 Acura Integra
- 2001 Dodge Ram
- 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee
- 1990 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
- 1998 Jeep Cherokee
- 2004 Ford F150 Series/Pickup
- 1989 Toyota Camry
- 2002 Ford Explorer
Preventing car theft
Even though there is a continuous pursuit to solve and pinpoint the exact formula for car theft and auto thieves, local officials has difficulty in finding an exact answer. Despite this, they have boiled down their process into identifying an auto theft hotspot, type of car and car colour. It is believed that thieves prefer to steal darker colored cars as they are easier to blend in the night.
Basic auto theft tips
The Colorado Auto Theft Investigators (CATI) recommends a layered approach when it comes to preventing auto theft. A topmost concern should be the location of your parked car. Make sure that you have chosen a well lit parking space. Have a feel of your surroundings, and if you find anything suspicious, make sure that you report them ASAP. Lock your cars and windows. Never leave your keys in the ignition. And, remove all items from your car that is easily seen by passersby’s.
Help spread awareness in your city
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