DENVER (CBS4) – The most frequently stolen vehicles in the Denver metro area so far this year were pickup trucks — the Chevy Silverado and the Ford F-250. That’s according to a new report from a multi-agency police task force.

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Hondas, Kias and Hyundais were also among the most frequently stolen cars in the first three months of the year, the Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force says.

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A total of 6,600 different vehicles were reported stolen in the area from Jan. 1 through the end of March. That number lands the Denver metro area in a “very high” rating for frequency of cars stolen.

The complete Top 10 from the task force is as follows:

1. 325 Chevrolet Silverados stolen (most common vehicle years: 2003-206)
2. 248 Ford F-250s (most common vehicle years: 99-06)
3. 241 Honda Accords (most common vehicle years: 90, 92-97)
4. 201 Kia Optimas (most common vehicle years: 13,15,20)
5. 197 Hyundai Sonatas (most common vehicle years: 11-13,15-17)
6. 184 Honda Civics (most common vehicle years: 96-00)
7. 144 GMC Sierras (most common vehicle years: 03-06)
8. 139 Ford F-350s (most common vehicle years: 03-06)
9. 138 Hyundai Elantras (most common vehicle years: 12-14,16-20)
10. 127 Kia Sportages (most common vehicle years: 17-18, 20-21)

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Auto theft continues to be a big problem for Colorado law enforcement departments, and it has been particularly problematic since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. When comparing auto theft stats from the first quarter of 2020 to the first quarter of 2021, there was a a 114% increase in thefts in the Denver area.

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The estimated economic impact of motor vehicle theft to the metro area for the first quarter of the year is over $50 million.

Statewide, there have been a total of over 8,700 vehicle thefts so far this year.

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The Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force is comprised of police from seven jurisdictions.

Jesse Sarles