New technology, police efforts stall auto thefts in Colorado | VailDaily.com
YOUR AD HERE »

New technology, police efforts stall auto thefts in Colorado

Michael Booth
The Denver Post

Car owners buy glass-etching paste to burn their VIN permanently onto every window.

Rural sheriffs plant GPS tracking devices on farm tractors or four-wheelers left out as bait for machinery thieves.

Metro Denver cops drive cars with computerized license-plate readers that can sweep an entire grocery-store parking lot for stolen vehicles in a matter of seconds.



And it’s all working. Automakers and police have waged a successful war on car theft in recent years, battering the stolen-vehicle rate by 20 percent to 30 percent annually.

A quick survey of the numbers offers some astonishing good news in a key crime category:

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.



• Colorado vehicle theft dropped 22 percent in 2008, keeping 3,613 more cars with their rightful owners and saving an estimated $24.4 million in replacement value.

For more of this Denver Post story: http://www.denverpost.com/ci_13691863


Support Local Journalism