Police warn Subaru owners along Front Range

Car thieves targeting older models, according to task force

Staff report
Posted 7/24/17

Metro Denver law enforcement has been warning drivers to be careful with their cars for years, but now they are issuing a special warning for Subaru owners.

According to the Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force, local agencies are seeing an …

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Police warn Subaru owners along Front Range

Car thieves targeting older models, according to task force

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Metro Denver law enforcement has been warning drivers to be careful with their cars for years, but now they are issuing a special warning for Subaru owners.

According to the Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force, local agencies are seeing an increasing number of Suburas stolen each year.

The task force is a group of 13 police agencies that cooperate to combat auto thefts. Member agencies include the Colorado State Patrol, sheriff’s deputies from Adams, Arapahoe and Jefferson counties and multiple Front Range police departments including Northglenn, Thornton and Westminster.

According to a task force press release, 12,009 vehicles were reported stolen across Colorado in 2014, with Subarus accounting for 333 of them, about 2.8 percent.

In 2015 the total number of vehicles stolen increased to 15,070 with Subarus accounting for 512 of them, about 3.4 percent. In 2016, the total number of vehicles stolen was reported at 18,047, with 792 of them being Subarus — 4.4 percent.

And so far this year, 9,421 vehicles reported stolen across the state and 5.6 percent of them, or 531, have been Subarus.

Most of those stolen Subarus, about 87 percent so far this year, have come from the Front Range, according to the release.

According to the release, the task force cites the lack of keyless entry systems and car security measures on pre-2001 Subaru models. It also blames 40 percent of all theft on the owners themselves, leaving their keys in the vehicles or leaving the vehicles running.

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