a motor vehicle is stolen every 40.9 seconds in the United States
During a twelve hour period, starting on Tuesday July 24th, the Boulder Police Department received three reports in reference to stolen vehicles.
- 500 Block of 27th Way – Stolen 2016 Subaru Cross trek: Vehicle was reported to be locked and no keys inside
- 600 Block of Grape Avenue – Stolen 2013 Toyota Tacoma: Vehicle was parked in the driveway with keys in the ignition
- 300 Block of Balsam Avenue – Stolen 2006 Nissan Frontier: Vehicle keys were left in the vehicle
In many cases, stolen vehicles are used in the commission of various other crimes and lead to a substantial public safety risk. One of the vehicles stolen last night was later contacted in Denver following a substantial crash on I-25. When contacted, multiple offenders have admitted that they specifically target the City of Boulder because community members frequently do not lock their vehicles and/or houses.
The Boulder Police Department asks the community to help deter criminals and make our community safer, by locking your doors and not leaving your keys in your vehicle. Many newer vehicles also include a “Valet Key” which is designed to remain in the vehicle; remove this key and keep it in a secure location. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides national statistics on auto thefts in the United States. They report that a motor vehicle is stolen every 40.9 seconds in the United States and as of the most recent statistics (2017) Colorado is ranked 7th for “Top 10 States for most vehicles stolen in calendar year”.
Please use common sense when parking and exiting your vehicle:
- Take your vehicle's key; do not leave it in or on your vehicle.
- Close and lock all windows and doors when you park.
- Park in well-lit areas if possible.
- Never leave valuables in your vehicle, especially if they can be seen from outside the vehicle.