Property crimes such as car theft have become more prevalent throughout the state of Colorado in recent years. In 2015, nearly 193,000 cars were stolen in Colorado, up 30% from 2014, or about 3,500 cars per week. Vehicle owners are stunned to discover their cars missing as most protect their vehicles by locking them, sometimes even booting them.
One victim’s customized Subaru drew attention with its stylish upgrades. Expensive tinted windows, interior orange trim and orange lug nuts on tires may have led to the thief selecting her car over a neighbor’s. The car was later found devoid of all personalizations, painted, and in deplorable conditions. The majority of stolen cars are not recovered; however, and the cars are often used to commit more severe crimes involving drugs and other possible felony offenses. Even small car dealerships are experiencing theft; some car dealers are having cars taken several times a month. Booting them and locking the steering wheels is not enough to deter truly determined thieves.
Coloradans Against Auto Theft named Denver and Lakewood as part of the top five cities for auto theft in the state. According to their survey, the Civic and Accord models from Honda are the most commonly taken automobiles.
In 2016, over 4,000 vehicles were stolen in Denver County alone. According to research by the Denver Post, an average of 391.3 cars were stolen each month in Denver in 2016 compared with 361.7 per month in 2015. Fewer cars have been stolen in 2017 than at the same time last year, but it is too early to predict whether the trend will continue upward.
The top 10 most frequently stolen vehicle models include:
- Honda Accord
- Honda Civic
- Jeep Cherokee
- Ford F-150
- Dodge Ram Pickup trucks
- Jeep Grand Cherokee
- Toyota Camry
- Subaru Impreza
- Acura Integra
- Chevrolet Silverado
Suspects of federal drug crimes may also be suspected of property crimes such as auto theft. If you are under investigation for a criminal offense in and around Golden, Colorado, you need strong legal representation. Attorney Leonard Miller, P.C. of Golden has practiced criminal law for over 17 years. He is a former State Prosecuting Attorney, a former State Public Defender, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney. Call (720) 613-8783 or schedule an appointment online for a free consultation.