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Auto Theft Prevention Resources

Motor vehicle theft is on the rise, according to statistics from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. There were 22,206 cases of auto theft in 2017, a 72{66eaadba41c14e7e553ffe7a4ee73fbae213b19704eda0514b3dd79e37e4c0c5} increase from 2014! Less than half of the vehicles were recovered. And vehicle break-ins are one of the most common types of property crimes in Colorado.

So what can you do to help protect your vehicle from theft or break-in? What should you do if one happens? And if you’re buying a used car, how do you make sure it’s not stolen?

The Colorado State Patrol has put together a helpful list of resources to answer these questions. The list includes links to information and tips from insurance groups, government agencies, and auto associations about how to protect yourself. Also included are links to auto prevention authorities in other states, since stolen vehicles frequently cross state lines. Resources like a VIN Decoder are also provided to help you verify if a car you wish to purchase had been stolen. You’ll also find links to neighborhood crime reports to help you find out about crime rates in your area, since one third of all vehicle thefts occur at the owner’s home.

You can also find helpful information at lockdownyourcar.org, a website sponsored by the Colorado Automobile Theft Prevention Authority (CATPA), a division of the State Patrol. See this publication to learn about what CATPA is doing to reduce vehicle thefts in Colorado. Statistics and information is also available in their annual report.

Did you know that the highest number of vehicle thefts occur between 6 and 9 a.m.? This may be because drivers often leave their cars idling and unattended on cold mornings. There are many things you can do to help reduce the risk of having your car stolen or vandalized, so check out these handy resources to help increase your awareness.

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December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

Whether from drinks, drugs, or distractions, impaired driving is a serious hazard that puts lives in danger. Here are some resources from the State of Colorado that can help you learn about the hazards of driving impaired and how to stay safe:

SAFETY AND PREVENTION

FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND COURTS

FOR OFFENDERS

COLORADO LAWS

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Colorado Motor Vehicle Law Resource Book

Colorado Legislative Council, the nonpartisan research branch of the General Assembly, has just updated their Colorado Motor Vehicle Law Resource Book. This handy online guide can answer many of your questions about Colorado’s various motor vehicle laws. Among the topics covered are

  • taxes and fees
  • chain laws
  • distracted driving laws
  • HOV and express lanes
  • emissions
  • photo radar and red light cameras
  • titling and registration
  • minor drivers
  • commercial vehicles
  • low-power scooters and electric bicycles

and much more. You can find further information on Colorado motor vehicle laws by visiting the Transportation & Motor Vehicles section of Legislative Council’s website and the Colorado Department of Revenue’s Division of Motor Vehicles website. Also, search our library’s online catalog for additional resources.

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Colorado's Left Lane Law

It’s a frustrating situation:  you’re driving down the highway and come upon a slow-moving vehicle in front of you, so you wish to pass.  But you can’t…someone is driving slowly or “hogging” the left lane, impeding your ability to pass the other vehicle.  It happens every day, but it’s illegal.  Since the passage of Colorado’s Left Lane Law in 2004, law enforcement officers have the ability to cite a driver for impeding the flow of traffic in the left lane.

 
The above excerpt of the Left Lane Law is from the Colorado State Patrol publication Colorado’s Left Lane Law:  Understanding How the Left Lane Law Affects Your Driving, available online from our library.  The full text of the law can be found in the Colorado Revised Statutes, which are also available online.  Original legislation for the law can be found here.  For more information on this and other Colorado traffic laws see the official Colorado Driver Handbook.

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Marijuana Enforcement, Licenses, and Rules

The Colorado Department of Revenue’s newly-designed website now includes a Marijuana Enforcement webpage which includes helpful information for marijuana retailers, law enforcement, and government officials.  This site includes all licensing information and forms for marijuana retailers, both medical and recreational; applicable laws, statutes, and regulations; tax information; and information on testing, transporting, and registering as a cultivator.  This site includes all the information a licensee or government official needs to make sure a marijuana operation is in compliance with Colorado laws and regulations.

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Women's History Month

March is National Women’s History Month.  The State of Colorado has published many helpful resources on the history of women in our state.  Colorado Women:  A History, published by University Press of Colorado and available from our library, provides a good background on women’s history in our state.  Our library also has biographies on several notable Colorado women, including Josephine Roche, Helen Ring Robinson, Irene Jerome Hood, Helen Hunt Jackson, and others, along with other great University Press books like Long Vistas:  Women and Families on Colorado Homesteads. 

One interesting resource is the Colorado State Patrol’s Womens History page, looking back at women’s roles in the State Patrol.

Francis Galvin was the first woman State Trooper killed in the line of duty, in 1979.  (Photo courtesy Colorado State Patrol)

You can find out about places where Colorado women made history by checking out the Colorado Historical Society’s Directory of Women’s History Sites on the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties.  

Some historical resources that are available in print for checkout from our library include several publications on Title IX from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), as well as CDE’s Colorado Women’s History:  A Multicultural Treasury.  Also available is a video, Women’s Gold, for teaching kids about prominent women in Colorado’s history.   

Our library also offers many websites and resources on current women’s issues, including women’s/maternal health; employment issues such as the pay gap and women-owned businesses; domestic violence; and much more — visit our web catalog to search for resources.

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Traffic Safety and the Colorado State Patrol

The Colorado State Patrol is dedicated to public safety on our roads and highways.  You can find statistics and learn about the CSP’s traffic safety initiatives, such as The Heat is On and Click It or Ticket, by visiting the CSP’s Traffic Safety homepage.  You can also arrange to have CSP officers and staff present educational programs or hold safety fairs at your school or business.  CSP also sponsors a series of webinars on distracted, impaired, or aggressive driving; investigating fatal crashes; recruiting officers; teen drivers; and winter driving.  For information on these programs visit the CSP’s Safety Programs webpage.

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Alcohol and Impaired Driving

According to the Colorado Dept. of Transportation, “more than 26,000 people are arrested for DUI and over 150 people are killed in alcohol-related traffic crashes” each year in Colorado.  Alcohol is not the only problem, however — many fatalities occur as a result of drug-impaired driving as well.  CDOT has many resources on alcohol- and drug-impaired driving on its website.  Here you can find information on the Heat is On high-visibility enforcement campaign; DUI information; statistics and data; law enforcement info; a public service announcement; and even a downloadable smart phone app that lets you calculate your blood alcohol level. 
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Cold Cases

The passage of HB07-1272 in 2007 created a Cold Case Task Force in Colorado in order to devote more resources to solving homicides and missing persons cases that have remained unsolved for a substantial amount of time.  To aid in the effort to solve these cases, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation as created a Cold Case Files database, where the public can search for and read about unsolved homicides and missing persons.  Each entry in the database has information about who to contact if you have any information; also, most cases include photos and other descriptive information.  Another resource on unsolved cases is the Denver Post Cold Case Blog.  By putting their names and faces on the web, law enforcement is hopeful that a greater number of these cases will be solved.  For more information on the work of the Cold Case Task Force, read their Annual Reports, available in print and digitally from our library.

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Peace Officers Memorial Day

Today, May 15, is Peace Officers Memorial Day.  The law creating this observance was signed by President Kennedy in 1962.  Since a1994 amendment to the law, flags are supposed to be lowered to half-staff to remember our brave officers who died in the line of duty.  Here in Colorado, you can visit the Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial in Golden.  You can also read about the lives of fallen officers on the following pages: 

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Photo Traffic Tickets

A bill before the Colorado Legislature would make it illegal for Colorado law enforcement to use red light cameras to ticket drivers (see the Denver Post story here). Recently these red light cameras have been in the news as Denver City Council voted to keep them active. For information and clarification on Colorado’s traffic laws, be sure to check out the Colorado Motor Vehicle Law Resource Book, published annually by the Colorado Legislative Council; and the Colorado Driver’s Handbook from the Colorado Dept. of Revenue.

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Do You Have What it Takes to be a State Trooper?

If you’ve ever wondered how much training it takes to become a law enforcement officer, look no further than the Colorado State Patrol. On their website, you can follow along with their Academy Cadet Class 2011-1 as they learn the skills needed to become a State Trooper. See how they start off with physical training on Day One – and continue with physical training for the first 8 weeks. It’s not until Week 9 that they learn to use their firearms, and by week 12, you can watch how they’re using them in mock building searches; under week 12 you can also follow along as they learn to drive the patrol cars. This Cadet Scrapbook is a fun way to see what’s really involved in training for law enforcement, both for those considering a career in the field, or citizens who are just interested in a look behind the scenes. If you find that you are interested in becoming a State Trooper, you can visit the State Patrol’s recruitment page to find out more.

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Police Week

This year, May 15-21 has been designated as Police Week (see Governor Hickenlooper’s press release). On May 15, fallen officers were recognized with a ceremony and lowered flags for Peace Officers Memorial Day. Colorado continues to remember its fallen officers through listings and memorial sites. Some of Colorado’s fallen officers have worked for state agenices, including correctional officers and state patrolmen. Both agencies have lists of their fallen peace officers on their websites. For a list of fallen correctional officers, click here. For information on fallen State Patrol officers, click here. We honor those officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.

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Cold Case Files

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has a new database on its website where the public can search Colorado cold case files. According to the site, “The Colorado Cold Case Database features unsolved homicides, missing person, and unidentified person cases to assist law enforcement agencies in the development of information which can lead to the identification and arrest of any person(s) who may have committed any crime described on this page. If you have information on any of the persons, or cases found on this page, you are encouraged to submit a tip, which will be delivered to the lead investigating agency. All tips may be submitted anonymously. It is the sincerest hope of all those involved in the CBI Cold Case Unit’s efforts that the necessary tips and information can be provided to the agencies investigating these ‘cold cases’ such that they may resolve their own investigations and provide some justice and closure to these tragedies.”

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I-70 Wildlife Watch

The Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado Division of Wildlife, Colorado State Patrol, and other partners have just launched a new website, www.I-70wildlifewatch.org. I-70 Wildlife Watch is a website where motorists can log in and report wildlife sightings along the interstate. Then, other motorists can visit the site prior to making their trip and view the interactive map to find out where along the highway to use extra caution. The website is designed to help both people and animals by reducing the number of vehicle-wildlife crashes.

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State Parole Board

Due to the State budget deficit, the state has established an “early release initiative” whereby convicted felons are being released from prison a few weeks early to save the state money. According to an article in the Denver Post, the first ten felons have now been released through this initiative. The inmates designated for early parole are reviewed by the State Parole Board. For background on the decision-making process of the Parole Board, see the documents Parole Board Hearings and Decisions. For newly updated information, however, see the Dept. of Corrections’ Parole Board website. Here you will find a database of offenders scheduled for their parole hearing. You can search for an individual or, simply select a month or a county to receive a list. The website also publishes the dates for upcoming hearings.

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Safe-2-Tell

The Colorado Dept. of Public Safety and the Colorado Attorney General’s Office are both supporters of the non-profit organization Safe-2-Tell, which is a way for teens to anonymously report what they know about crimes being planned or that have already happened. Because teens are often scared or embarrassed to talk to parents, teachers, counselors, and the like, Safe-2-Tell offers an anonymous, safe way to get help or to help save others, whether teens are themselves the victim or just know something about a crime. Although Safe-2-Tell is not a state program, it is, as mentioned above, strongly advocated by several state agencies and the director is an investigator with the Dept. of Public Safety. The number for the hotline is 1-877-542-SAFE. For more information on this program, visit www.safe2tell.org. Also, for other programs on reducing school violence, the Colorado Dept. of Public Safety has set up a School Safety Resources Webpage.

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New to the Collection

Check out these resources new to CoSPL’s collection:

-Early in 2006 the Colorado Legislature faced several complaints on ethics that made headlines and ultimately led one Senator to resign. For information on the rules that must be followed by Colorado Legislators, refer to the newly-published 2006 Colorado Legislator’s Handbook (GA4.9/553). The Colorado Legislative Council publishes a new edition each year. Past years’ handbooks can also be found in CoSPL’s collection.

-A new CU financial audit has been published for FY2004-05 and recently added to CoSPL’s collection (GA2/100.10/1710/2005). This includes financial info on the entire school; CoSPL’s collection also includes the CU Athletic Department audit, which made headlines when it was released in November 2005.

-One of CoSPL’s most frequently requested documents via the Prospector system is the Colorado POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training) Manual for 2005, which is published by the Department of Law. The newly released 2006 edition has recently been added to CoSPL’s collection.