Auto Theft Soars in Colorado, with 33,000 Vehicles Stolen in 2023

Auto theft in Colorado has reached alarming levels, with a staggering 62% increase over the past five years, according to a report released by the Colorado State Patrol and the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Agency. In 2023 alone, a total of 32,976 vehicles were reported stolen, marking a significant jump of over 13,000 cars compared to five years earlier.

The report highlights a sudden drop in reported vehicle thefts between 2022 and 2023, which curbed the rising rate. Rates of reported thefts across the state decreased by 21% during this period, following a 12% increase the previous year. This decline resulted in 8,680 fewer thefts in 2023.

Hyundai Elantra and Chevrolet Silverado emerged as the most frequently stolen vehicles, according to the report. Notably, Hyundai and Kia-manufactured vehicles collectively accounted for 23% of all reported thefts in the state.

The estimated value of the nearly 33,000 stolen vehicles in 2023 exceeds $430.8 million, underscoring the significant financial impact of auto theft in Colorado.

Furthermore, the report reveals that more than half of the stolen vehicles that were recovered were found outside the city or town where the theft occurred. Additionally, 76% of the cases filed involved additional criminal charges, such as “crime of violence” or weapons-related offenses.

While the sudden drop in reported vehicle thefts between 2022 and 2023 provides a glimmer of hope, the overall trend remains concerning. From 2019 to 2024, the number of reported car thefts in Colorado has surged by 62% overall and 56% per capita.

Law enforcement agencies and auto theft prevention organizations are working diligently to address this issue and implement measures to combat auto theft in the state. However, the alarming rise in auto thefts serves as a reminder for vehicle owners to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to protect their assets.

CrimeDoor
Author: CrimeDoor

1 Response

  1. While the increase in auto theft rates in Colorado is certainly concerning, it is important to consider other factors that may contribute to this trend. The report may not take into account the overall increase in population and vehicle ownership in the state over the past five years. With more cars on the road, it is only natural that there would be an increase in auto theft incidents.

    Additionally, advancements in technology have made it easier for thieves to steal cars, especially those with keyless entry systems. This could explain the

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