125% increase in car thefts in metro Denver since COVID began

Before COVID-19, Denver averaged 233 auto thefts per week. This number now exceeds more than 453 weekly.

DENVER — Auto thefts in metro Denver increased more than 75% from June 21-Sept 19, according to a news release from Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force (MATTF). 

During those weeks, auto thefts exceeded more than 453 per week. Since Colorado first felt the effects of COVID-19, on Feb. 9, stolen vehicles have increased by 125%, MATTF said.   

Metro area officers have recovered 85% of vehicles within 30 days, MATTF said, but recovery of few tools or other personal items is rare.            

> Video above: Car break-in caught on camera.     

According to the news release from MATTF, some of the most frequently stolen vehicles in the Denver metro area are full-size trucks, specifically the 1999-2006 Ford F150, F250, F350 trucks and the 1999-2006 Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra 1500, 2500, 3500 trucks.        

MATTF also said

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