Colorado leads nation in car thefts as numbers rise

Colorado continues to lead the nation in motor vehicle thefts and shows no sign of that changing anytime soon, according to a recent report by the ...

September 17, 2022
4:38 AM

Colorado continues to lead the nation in motor vehicle thefts and shows no sign of that changing anytime soon, according to a recent report by the Common Sense Institute. Since 2019, the state's motor vehicle theft rate has increased by 120.6%. Through the first half of 2022, thefts have increased by another 17.2% compared to the same time period in 2021.  With 4,007 vehicle thefts per month, Colorado is expected to exceed 48,000 thefts this year, an all-time high. In Longmont, vehicle thefts more than doubled from 2016 to 2020, from 163 thefts to 406, according to the FBI Crime Index.

Amy Golden