In the month of November 119 cars were stolen in Aurora, year to date the City Of Aurora has had 1253 vehicles stolen. Currently this is a 20% increase over 2015. Puffers (leaving your car running unattended) is a big part of the numbers along with cars left in open garages with the keys left in the ignitions.
We at the Aurora Police Department are asking you to please secure your car like you would secure your house. Your car is an extension of your house, most of us would never leave the front door of your home unlocked or your house keys laying in your driveway or sidewalk when you leave for work or run an errand.
Please don't leave your keys in your car, don't leave your car running unattended (a remote start system is ok), don't leave your car unlocked, don't leave any valuables (money, cell phones, GPS devices, wallets, briefcases, Christmas presents, packages, purses etc.) in plain sight inside your car, check to make sure your garage door is down prior to going to bed, make sure any side doors into your garage are locked and never leave your keys in the car while parked in inside your garage.
Criminals who steal cars go on to commit other crimes. It’s not uncommon for criminals who steal cars to commit business robberies, home and commercial burglaries or worse come back to burglarize your residence as they now how the key to your house, garage door openers and registration/insurance documents to facilitate identity theft.
We at the Aurora Police Department want you to have a safe and prosperous holiday season. For more information on how to stop motor vehicle theft please visit http://lockdownyourcar.org/.
Lieutenant Jad Lanigan
Aurora Police Department District One
Investigative Support Section Commander
(Gangs, Fugitive, Metro Vehicle Theft, Intelligence)
13347 E. Montview Blvd.
Aurora, Colorado 80047