Colorado’s Auto Theft Crisis: A Disturbing Trend

Colorado has witnessed a staggering increase in auto thefts, leading the nation with a 144% surge from 2011 to 2020. This alarming trend has continued, with the state recording the highest auto theft rate in both 2021 and the first half of 2022. By 2020, the rate had escalated to 524.3 thefts per 100,000 people, more than double the national average. The majority of these thefts are concentrated in just two counties – Adams County and the City and County of Denver, accounting for 61% of the state’s total in 2022. This surge in auto thefts poses a significant challenge for law enforcement and residents alike, highlighting the need for effective strategies to combat this growing issue.

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-Rick Wagner