Apparently, Denver International Airport has been experiencing a big increase in stolen vehicles from their parking lots providing us all another reason to dislike this uninspiring airport. Denver police recently shared data with local reporters and that data showed a 125% increase in stolen vehicles.
Indeed, the dramatic rise in stolen vehicles from the Denver Airport has come as a surprise to everyone. With an average of 16 cars being swiped per month, the stolen vehicle crime has risen by 125%, according to reporting from the Denver Post.
This rise in crime comes despite earlier drops in traffic during the slower travel months of the last 18 months. Vehicle thefts are not limited just to airport property, either. Nearby hotels and businesses have seen an increase in vehicle thefts too.
According to Denver9 News, vehicle thefts in the first half of this year are up 73% in the greater Denver Metro area and when compared to 2019, they are up 111%.
However, it’s Denver International Airport which has the highest rates of vehicle theft of any Denver neighborhood providing us all another reason to dislike this uninspiring, tired, and poorly designed airport.
Colorado has the 3rd highest auto theft rate in the entire nation with thieves often parting cars out, including the ever-popular catalytic converters which are sold for top dollar.
The most popular vehicles currently being targeted by thieves include: Ford Pickups, Honda Civics, Chevy Pickups, Honda Accords, Toyota Camrys, Nissan Altima, Toyota Corollas, Dodge Pickups, GMC Pickups and Honda CRVsKDVR News
A local police task force is working to decrease the surge in crime and reports that 88% of stolen vehicles are recovered, most within 30 days. Police suspect the increase in auto thefts is directly related to local measures taken to reduce jail crowding by reducing the consequences for non-violent crimes – a controversial issue in Colorado.