DENVER — New information launched this week by the Colorado Metropolitan Auto Theft Activity Power (CMATT) present that automotive thefts rose once more in 2021, with a mean of greater than 100 vehicles stolen per day all through the state.
Within the Denver metropolitan space, the place CMATT investigates car-theft rings, thefts have elevated 113% since 2019.
Colorado was the No. 1 state within the nation for automotive theft fee per 100,000 residents in 2020, in accordance with the Nationwide Insurance coverage Crime Bureau.
“It’s greater than prolific,” CMATT Cmdr. Mike Greenwell stated, attributing a number of the improve to an absence of penalties for auto thefts and property crimes.
Automobile thefts rose in almost each metro space municipality, aside from the City of Fortress Rock, which noticed a 25% lower in 2021. In whole, the group had 87 automotive thefts final 12 months.
“Fortress Rock shouldn’t be the place you wish to go when you’re driving a stolen automobile,” stated Fortress Rock Police Cmdr. Jason Lyons.
Lyons stated the group is plagued with extra property crime than anything and police have been in a position to prioritize auto theft.
The division has additionally made use of license plate readers that alert police when a stolen automotive exhibits up within the city. Officers can then pull the automotive over and cease the individual earlier than they will commit one other crime.
“Over the past six months or so, it has been an absolute game-changer for our group,” Lyons stated.
On the opposite aspect of the info, the Metropolis of Glendale led the metro space in thefts per capita. The small group simply to the east of Denver’s Cherry Creek neighborhood had 36 automotive thefts per 1,000 residents, roughly double the subsequent closest group. With simply over 5,000 residents, the town had 187 automotive thefts.
“We’re truly seeing quite a bit (of thefts) right here in Glendale,” Glendale Police Lt. Jamie Dillon stated. “We’re very involved that we’re on the prime of the checklist and we’re doing all the things we will to decrease it.”
Dillon says a lot of the vehicles are stolen from individuals visiting Glendale and utilizing its parking garages and plenty.
“We now have a really dense inhabitants with giant parking tons, giant parking constructions and an enormous alternative for auto thieves,” Dillon stated.
Dillion stated Glendale police have not too long ago bought license plate readers and are working so as to add one among its personal officers to the statewide auto theft process drive.
Cara Shirley, who had her automotive stolen earlier this 12 months, stated she hasn’t parked her automotive in a storage for weeks as a result of she’s scared.
“It’s simply so traumatic,” she stated.