If you are on Nextdoor, the fact that auto thefts are up will be no surprise. It seems like every day someone posts on there that their vehicle was stolen, attempted to be stolen or the catalytic converter was stolen.
It isn’t just that more people are talking about it, the number of thefts has increased dramatically. Based on Colorado’s crime stats, thefts increased from 20,708 in 2019 to 28,132 in 2020 and then a whopping 36,827 in 2021. That’s a 78% increase over 2 years!
The Denver Metro area is responsible for most of these cases. Check out this map of auto theft hot spots to see if you live or work in an area prone to more losses: https://lockdownyourcar.org/#geolocator
Whether your neighborhood is a target on this map or not, there are still steps you can take to help lower your risk of theft. The NICB recommends drivers take the following simple steps to guard against potential theft and becoming a victim of crime:
- Roll up your windows, lock your doors, and take the keys or fob with you.
- Park in well-lit areas and, when possible, with security personnel and camera surveillance.
- Keep shopping bags, cell phones, purses, and other personal property out of sight.
- Do not be distracted—have your keys ready to enter your car and be aware of your surroundings.
- Consider an immobilizing or tracking device for your vehicle.
- If confronted by a suspect, remain calm and cooperate. Be a good witness and call 911 when you can do so safely.
If your vehicle is stolen, be sure to report it to the police. You will also need to report it to your insurance carrier if you have comprehensive coverage so they can get a claim started for you. You are always welcome to contact our office and verify what your policy currently covers.