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July is National Auto Theft Prevention Month and in 2018 car thefts across the state rose for the sixth consecutive year in a row. Colorado had 21,324 stolen vehicles in 2018, a 9.4 percent increase from the previous year. According to the Colorado Auto Theft Intelligence Coordination Center, Colorado had a 7.4 percent per capita increase in 2018. The city with the most thefts was Denver and Colorado Springs placed second on the list. 

Top 10 vehicles stolen in 2018:
• Honda Civic
• Honda Accord
• Ford F-250
• Chevrolet Silverado
• Ford F-150
• Dodge Ram
• Ford F-350
• Subaru Legacy
• GMC Sierra
• Jeep Grand Cherokee

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, about half of stolen cars are left unlocked or running unattended. Common sense prevention goes a long way in helping to deter a thief from stealing your car. Car thefts can cause a domino effect and can be the catalyst for other crimes such as, armed robbery, home invasion and identity theft.

Remember to lock your car and to never leave your car running while unattended. Always park your car in the garage if you have one. Never leave valuables, electronics, banking documents, or personal identity information in your vehicle. This is especially important for individuals who park on the street or have to park away from their residence. Stay safe and remember to call your local police department if you witness a vehicle being stolen or broken into.