Reported motor vehicle theft is up by 27% since 2018, according to Fort Collins Police Services.
As of October 2019 — the latest data available —175 motor vehicle thefts were reported for 2019. There were 138 reported by that point in 2018.
Crime analyst Lori Frank said 2018 was an abnormally low year for motor vehicle thefts with 168 reported incidents.
“The country saw a rise in motor vehicle theft in 2018 and many of the benchmark cities, including FCPS, bucked that trend and actually had a decrease,” Frank said.
Still, 2019’s projected total will likely be lower than the three years prior to 2018.
- In 2015: 236 motor vehicle thefts
- In 2016: 195 motor vehicle thefts
- In 2017: 193 motor vehicle thefts
Though police track the numbers of cars stolen, there isn’t a way to query whether keys were left in the car without manually reading each report, explained FCPS public relations manager Kate Kimble.
In 2019, the greatest spike in car thefts occurred in July, with 28 reported thefts, compared to the monthly average of 17.5.
Tips to prevent car theft
- Take your vehicle’s key with you when you; 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.
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Brooklyn Dance is a breaking news reporter. Contact her at email@example.com or on Twitter @hibrookIyn.
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