Auto Theft Prevention

The Denver Police Department is committed to reducing auto thefts in Denver by utilizing a data-driven approach to identify areas where auto thefts occur and targeting those areas. 

Police District Stations have tools to reduce theft of vehicles or theft of items from vehicles including license plates and catalytic converters. To obtain tools, please contact the district station that serves your neighborhood. Not sure which police district station to contact? Use our interactive map.

DenverTrack

Program Description

The DenverTrack program works with the vehicle owner’s preferred choice for GPS tracking their vehicle. This program empowers vehicle owners to preauthorize Denver Police to recover their stolen vehicle using the vehicle owner’s preferred method of GPS tracking. If the vehicle is stolen, when the vehicle owner calls police to report the theft, DPD can work with the vehicle owner to track the vehicle in real time with the goal of locating and returning the vehicle to the owner and arresting the suspect.

Tracked Vehicle Sticker - Exterior Placementimage of vehicle and proper placement of program sticker

Participants will receive the above DenverTrack sticker via US mail, for placement on the driver’s side window, as show in the image above. The sticker is a visible deterrent that alerts potential thieves that the vehicle has GPS and will be tracked if stolen.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the DenverTrack program work?

Vehicle owners register their vehicle(s) with DenverTrack and place a DenverTrack decal in their driver’s side window. In the unfortunate event their vehicle is stolen, vehicle owners have preauthorized the Denver Police Department to recover their vehicle by sharing information provided by their vehicle's existing GPS service or an aftermarket blue tooth enabled tracker. To report a DenverTrack registered vehicle that has been stolen:

  • The vehicle owner calls 911 to report their vehicle has been stolen
  • Vehicle owner informs the call taker that their vehicle is registered with DenverTrack
  • Once dispatched, vehicle owner provides the responding officer with their vehicle’s tracked location via their current GPS tracking system or aftermarket tracking device
  • The responding officer is able to use the provided tracking information to track the stolen vehicle in real-time, with the goal of quickly returning the vehicle to its owner and arresting the thief

What if I don't have GPS tracking on my vehicle?

You can use any aftermarket Bluetooth tracking device, such as a Tag or other GPS tracker. Please follow installation instructions that come with your aftermarket device. In the event you need to report your vehicle stolen, you will need to be able to access your device’s real-time tracking information and provide this information to the responding officer.

Is there a cost to register?

There is no cost to register, but there may be a fee from your vehicle's manufacturer or app. Please verify with them.

Will DPD be able to track my car’s GPS if I don’t sign up for the DenverTrack program?

Without express written consent from the vehicle’s owner, some car companies will not share real time information with law enforcement without a subpoena, which is often takes several business days. This is why it is essential vehicle owners fill out the authorization form prior to their vehicle being stolen.

If information is available about the location of a stolen vehicle, regardless if the vehicle is registered with DenverTrack, the Denver Police Department will make good faith efforts to recover the vehicle. This good faith effort is based upon the totality of the information available and specific situation (i.e., location, available staffing, legal authority, etc.).

Will DPD be able to always track my car if I register?

Absolutely not. This program has systems in place to only allow tracking to be done when the vehicle owner reports the car stolen and has preauthorized the tracking. The caller must provide information proving it is their vehicle they are reporting as stolen. DPD then works with the vehicle owner who can provide real time tracking information to locate the vehicle.

How do I withdrawal my authorization or can I withdraw it at any time?

Yes, the vehicle owner can email denvertrack@denvergov.org to report they want their vehicle removed from the program.

What is DPD doing to combat auto theft?

DPD is constantly working to reduce auto thefts by increasing the number of police officers on the streets, arresting those who steal vehicles, participating in the Metro Auto Theft Task Force, providing free steering wheel locking devices, and more.

What vehicles are considered trackable through the program?

Any vehicle with an installed tracking device, including factory-installed or after-market device, GPS and Bluetooth tracking devices, including:

  • Bluetooth tracking devices, such as Apple AirTags, Tile, etc.
  • Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac, Buick, & Opel
  • Ford, Lincoln, & Mercury
  • Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Jeep, & Fiat
  • BMW, Mini, & Rolls-Royce
  • Honda & Acura
  • Hyundai & Genesis
  • Kia
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes-Benz & Freightliner
  • Nissan, Infiniti & Datsun
  • Subaru
  • Toyota, Lexus & Scion
  • VW, Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini & Porsche
  • Tesla
  • Volvo
  • OnStar
  • SiriusXM Guardian
  • LoJack
  • Stargard
  • And more

Registration Form

Filling out and submitting this form confirms the listed vehicle has a relevant telematic, infotainment, car manufacturer, GPS, Bluetooth, or other tracking device within the vehicle. The Denver Police Department will request consent from the registered owner only if the registered vehicle is reported stolen.

As proof of registration in DenverTrack, a permanent report will be generated. An email confirming the completion of your registration will be sent along with a permanent case report number. A DenverTrack decal will be sent to the vehicle owner via US mail. The DenverTrack decal can be placed in the lower portion of the driver’s side window. This decal alerts thieves that the vehicle is registered with DenverTrack and, if stolen, this vehicle will be tracked.

DenverTrack Registration Form 

Help Prevent Auto Thefts

Here are 10 proven ways to significantly reduce the risk of your vehicle being stolen or targeted by thieves.

Auto Theft Prevention Tips

Lock Your Vehicle: Always lock your vehicle, even if you are only leaving it for a short period. Double-check that all doors, windows, and the sunroof are securely closed.

Park in Well-Lit and Busy Areas: Whenever possible, park your vehicle in well-lit and heavily trafficked areas. Thieves are less likely to target vehicles in these locations due to the increased risk of being seen.

Use Visible Theft Deterrents: Install visible theft deterrents such as steering wheel locks, tire locks, or a visible alarm system. These devices can act as a visual deterrent and discourage thieves from targeting your vehicle.

Install an Anti-Theft System: Consider investing in an electronic anti-theft system or a GPS tracking device. These systems can alert you or law enforcement if your vehicle is tampered with or stolen, increasing the chances of recovery.

Don't Leave Valuables in Sight: Avoid leaving valuable items, such as laptops, smartphones, bags, or wallets, in plain sight inside your vehicle. Valuables can attract thieves and increase the likelihood of a break-in.

Secure Your Keys: Keep your vehicle keys in a safe place, and never leave them unattended or easily accessible. Thieves can steal keys to easily drive away with your vehicle.

Be Cautious with Spare Keys: Don't leave spare keys in obvious locations, such as under floor mats or inside the glove compartment. Thieves know where to look for spare keys, so keep them in a secure place.

Be Mindful of Remote Keyless Entry Attacks: Criminals can use devices to intercept the signal from your remote keyless entry fob and unlock your vehicle. To prevent this, consider using a signal-blocking pouch or keeping your keys in a metal container or aluminum foil to block the signal.

Use Secure Parking: If possible, park your vehicle in a secure garage or parking lot with surveillance cameras or attendants. This adds an extra layer of security to your vehicle.

Stay Vigilant: Pay attention to your surroundings and report any suspicious activity. If you notice something unusual or see someone attempting to break into a vehicle, don't hesitate to contact the police.