Crime is down in Castle Rock, and the Castle Rock Police Department continues to lead the charge in the fight against auto thefts in Colorado. For the second consecutive year, CRPD reported a decrease in the number of car thefts from the previous year – this according to the latest report from the CATPA Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force.
“There’s no doubt this is a great accomplishment for our department and community,” Castle Rock Police Chief Jack Cauley said. “It’s encouraging to see what we’re doing is working and benefitting our residents.”
Overall, CRPD reported a 39% decline in criminal offenses in 2022 from 2021. This included a decrease in total property crimes by 42% and persons crimes by 4%.
January’s C-MATT report showed Castle Rock saw a 15% decrease in auto thefts in 2022. This follows a 25% decrease of auto thefts in 2021, when CRPD was the only reporting agency that saw a decline from the previous year. The Castle Rock Police Department contributes these back-to-back successes to three main factors: people, innovation and community.
“We strongly believe many of these stolen vehicles are used to commit other crimes in our Town,” Chief Cauley said. “We are fortunate to be fully staffed, which allows us to dedicate officers to each of these incidents in real-time. Whether it be a call from a vigilant resident who has spotted something out of the ordinary or an alert from one of our stationary license plate readers, our officers and dispatchers work together to locate these vehicles and their occupants as quickly and safely as possible.”
In addition to a reduction in the number of car thefts in 2022, CRPD also recovered more stolen vehicles than the number stolen in the Town.
“We are pleased with the latest data and grateful to Chief Cauley and his team for their excellent work,” Town of Castle Rock Mayor Jason Gray said. “Castle Rock continues to find ways to remain one of the safest communities not only in Douglas County, but in Colorado.”
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