Data is showing that since the COVID-19 pandemic, crime overall has declined. They are attributing it to people sheltering at home. Auto theft, however has increased significantly in some cities. The reported loss annually is about $6 billion, totaling nearly 750,000 vehicles. This may be due to people not checking on their parked cars as often and the rise in unemployment rates.
Sadly Denver, Colorado is ranked at number 16 for most vehicles stollen per capita for the last three years.
Motor vehicle theft rate: 738 per 100,000 people
Average annual motor vehicle thefts: 5,376
Overall property theft rate: 3,643 per 100,000 people
Violent crime rate: 709 per 100,000 people
This data shows Denver is several times higher than the national vehicle theft rate of 228 per 100,000 people. As we know, Colorado Springs is not too far from our state’s capitol, so please be diligent in keeping your cars out of harms way.
According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, here are some tips to avoid car theft.
- Park in well-lit areas
- Don’t make your car a desirable target. Avoid leaving phones, purses, garage door openers and other important items visible through the windows
- Close your windows completely
- Invest in a tracking system
The NICB also listed these as the top 10 types of cars stollen.
- Ford Pickup (Full Size)
- Honda Civic
- Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
- Honda Accord
- Toyota Camry
- Nissan Altima
- Toyota Corolla
- Dodge Pickup (Full Size)
- GMC Pickup (Full Size)
- Honda CR-V
Our agency is committed to providing our clients with personalized, affordable Auto Insurance coverage. We offer a variety of policies to fit your family’s needs. It is important to us to do our part in helping protect your valuables and belongings. Visit our Auto Insurance page to learn more or call our office at (719)593-9916 to schedule an appointment to go over your current policy or to add a policy. We are offering in-person meetings or virtual over the phone or zoom. We look forward to hearing from you and serving you.
Madison.com, The 25 cities with the highest car theft rates in the US, 2020. https://madison.com/news/national/the-25-cities-with-the-highest-car-theft-rates-in-the-us/collection_57b778d6-2a4a-5057-8099-bf13e7928754.html#26.
NICB, Prevent Auto Theft, 2021. https://www.nicb.org/prevent-fraud-theft/prevent-auto-theft.