That's more than just a reflection of population increase, said Jerry Cole, a former Lakewood police officer who serves as vice chairman of the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority.
"It's an unholy trinity of methamphetamine, identity theft and auto theft," Cole
said the authority distributed grant funds provided by State Farm
and Progressive insurance companies.The two-year grant can be applied only to multijurisdictional projects. "That combination has resulted in a significant number of recoveries and arrests," said Cole, a law enforcement liaison of LoJack, a company that tracks stolen vehicles.He
did not have statistics handy but said that the value of the cars recovered through the grant program is about three times the amount of the grants.