The DCSO takes proactive measures to fight this growing crime. We have an auto theft prevention unit and are part of the East Metro Auto Theft Task Force.
The cars most often stolen in our county are Hondas, Acuras and SUVs. The majority of auto thefts happen in the densely populated area of the north-central portion of the county.
A large percentage of vehicles stolen had the keys left in them and are crimes of opportunity. The auto thieves enter open garages at night and then roll the cars out of the garage.
One auto theft trend involves the thieves driving into Douglas County in a stolen vehicle and casing neighborhoods looking for another car to steal. One they find one, they abandon the stolen car and drive off in the nicer vehicle. Once the cars are stolen, they’re used to commit other crimes or taken to a ‘chop-shop’ where they’re stripped for auto parts.
Make it tough on thieves:
- Don’t leave your keys in your car, even if it’s parked in your own garage.
- Park your car in a garage and keep the garage door closed day and night.
- Always lock the doors and roll up the windows, especially when parked in a public place such as a mall or a movie theater.
- Don’t leave your car unattended while it’s running.
- Don’t leave valuables lying around where thieves can see them through a window.
- At night, try to leave your car parked under lights or near the main entrance of any business.
- Never assume that your car is safe, even if you live in a “nice” or low crime community. Criminals can and do come from all walks of life.
- Never leave a child alone in a vehicle.