Reported auto theft cases in Colorado have decline in recent years. Approximately 12,182 motor vehicles were stolen in 2009, a 4.4 percent decrease from 2008. Despite this decrease, over 12,000 auto thefts occur every year, according to the FBI.
Auto theft is not only causes emotional and financial stress to victims, but it puts a financial strain on the state as well. The theft of 12,182 motor vehicles in 2009 in Colorado cost the state an estimated $79.2 million dollars. Victims of auto thefts also usually see an increase in auto insurance premiums.
Coloradans Against Auto Theft (CATT), a coalition that includes insurance companies and law enforcement, recently launched “Lockdown”, a state-wide auto theft prevention initiative aimed at educating Colorado drivers on preventing becoming a victim of auto theft by implementing preventative measures such as: locking their car at all times, parking in well lighted, high traffic areas, avoiding leaving keys in the ignition while the car is running and avoiding keeping additional keys in the car. Through enforcement efforts, a consumer-focused auto theft prevention site and statewide education campaigns, CATT aims to empower driver to protect themselves against auto theft.
Persons accused of auto theft in Colorado face harsh penalties, but a seasoned Colorado defense attorney can help you build a strong defense if you find yourself in such a situation. Your attorney can work to reduce any penalties you’re facing and ensure you are treated fairly and that your rights are protected.