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Photos: Ten most stolen cars in Denver -- including one that's not a car

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Want proof that driving a junker can have its advantages? You'll find it in the following Denver Police Department list of the most stolen cars in the city. Not all of the rides that made the cut are super-pricey and luxurious, but they're all solid and dependable, with two brands accounting for more than half the roster. And as a bonus, one of these vehicles only has two wheels.

Look below to see the top ten, complete with photos and the number stolen this year.

Number 10:

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Jeep Wrangler

Number stolen: 51

Jeep Wranglers are common sights in the Denver area, but prevalence alone probably doesn't explain why it landed in the top ten. As you'll see, the Jeep brand strikes a sweet spot for plenty of local thieves....

Number 9:

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Ford F-150

Number stolen: 61

Another Colorado favorite, the Ford F-150 is known for being steady and reliable -- and because there are so many of them on the roads, you can bet there's a big demand for parts.

Number 8:

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Acura Integra

Number stolen: 63

In some markets, Integras are sold under the Honda nameplate -- and Hondas have long placed prominently on stolen-car lists. Hint: This won't be the last time you'll see a vehicle emblazoned with a Honda insignia here.

Continue to keep counting down the ten most stolen cars in Denver.


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16 comments
Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Like with any import sedan, it's about the PARTS. They don't come cheap.

John Andrew German
John Andrew German

Hey Westword! #3 is a jeep Cherokee. The monstrosity you posted is the 2014 jeep whatever. Huge difference! You wouldn't mix up there/their would you!?

Jonah Fox
Jonah Fox

I don't get it.... Why would you INTENTIONALLY steal a Camry? I mean, I get the low profile aspect.... But really? Are you gonna jack this car to drive it to PTA meeting or what?

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

The real crooks are the mechanics who intentionally do shoddy work for repeat visits and the dealers who implement a huge mark-up in replacement parts.

rodgersjfr
rodgersjfr

People used to steal the older Jeep Cherokees and Grand Cherokees due to the fact that they had long steering columns that were only covered in a cheap plastic cover.  It was very easy to remove, then hotwire.  Jeep eventually corrected the problem, but I imagine it still effects these statistics today, since these models aren't listed by model year.

Nicholas Medina
Nicholas Medina

So glad I drive a mid-90s Miata that nobody would bother stealing...

Matt Davis
Matt Davis

Had my motorcycle stolen that happened to be a honda. Hah.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

So, don't buy a Honda, Jeep, or Camry if you want to keep it.

Jon Osborne
Jon Osborne

Good to know that they are all shit cars that I would never own(except for a Camry).

Pawlee Merritt
Pawlee Merritt

This data is quite misleading, as it ignores the base rate of ownership. A better metric would be to use probability by dividing the number stolen by the number of registered vehicles.

Molly Marie
Molly Marie

Before I owned it my car was stolen and then recovered. That's why I got such a good deal on it. Branded title, woohoo.

Laura Bruns
Laura Bruns

Yes and yes. Although the officer told me my car and Dodge Neon were the two most stolen cars in Denver. This was 4 years ago though

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Interestingly, it is the base rate of ownership that drives the equation, according to insurance companies and law enforcement…but maybe not in the way you might think. They're popular thefts because they're popular cars that need parts (as all do, from time to time.) The idea is that the rate of theft is actually higher than the rate of ownership.


Other things come into play, like the sophistication of anti-theft technology, such as hidden, randomly-placed serial numbers used to nab the thieves, including but not limited to etched glass.

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