There are few things that make you feel more insecure in this world than someone stealing property from you. You work hard for the right to own your personal property and do your best to safeguard it from thieves. While some property is replaceable, sentimental items like family heirlooms are difficult if not impossible to replace.

Sadly, a report from the Boulder Police Department shows that reports of non-vehicle theft have risen each year since 2014. Reports of theft increased by over 400 claims from 2017 to 2018 to put the number of reported thefts over 3,000.

While theft-related arrests dropped from 2016 to 2017, they remained steady in 2018. It’s important to bring as many of these thieves as possible to justice.

Theft is a potentially serious crime

Charges for theft vary depending on the value of the stolen property. For instance, if the item is worth $50 or less, Colorado law views this as a petty offense. However, theft becomes a felony once the valuable of the stolen property reaches $2,000 or more.

The most severe penalty for theft is a Class 2 felony, which carries a punishment of over $5,000 and eight to 12 years in prison.

Protecting yourself from theft

You can do your part in preventing theft. While you aren’t to blame for a thief’s actions, locking your doors and windows and keeping your valuables out of sight can help prevent becoming a theft victim. Reporting suspicious activities or individuals to the police is also a good idea. Together, we can reduce theft in Colorado.