Colorado State Patrol Expands Aid for Victims of Motor Vehicle Theft

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(COLORADO) –The Colorado State Patrol eagerly announces the expansion of grant funding to assist Coloradoans who have been victimized by auto theft or catalytic converter theft. Colorado residents in need who have been victims of auto theft may be eligible to receive funding to offset some of the specific costs associated with these crimes.

This program is specifically designed to offset the secondary costs associated with vehicle theft and has been expanded to include aid for the costs of vehicle repair and other wider services. This is in addition to the original costs that included expenses such as alternative transportation, towing and storage fees of a recovered vehicle, costs to clean and sanitize a recovered stolen vehicle, and vehicle and catalytic converter hardening to prevent future victimization.

Some of the expenses that victims may now be eligible for are:

  • Temporary alternative transportation
    • Public transportation
    • Ride-share services
    • Rental vehicle services
  • Cleaning and sanitation fees
  • Towing and storage fees
  • Vehicle repair reimbursement for repairs directly related to the motor vehicle theft
  • Stipend to help offset replacement costs of a stolen catalytic converter
  • Catalytic converter hardening devices
  • Aftermarket vehicle theft prevention devices (e.g., steering wheel locks, engine immobilizer, alarms, remote start systems, etc.)
  • Other potential goods and services directly involved in secondary motor vehicle theft expenses

If you are a Colorado resident and your registered vehicle was stolen, please visit to view a list of available resources and initiate completion of the new online grant application through your local victim advocate to determine eligibility.


About Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority (CATPA):
CATPA is a state authority that was established by Colorado statute in 2003 to help reduce Colorado’s serious auto theft problem through the award of grant funds. The Colorado law helps ensure that auto theft prevention efforts are targeted. These efforts have resulted in an increase in stolen vehicle recoveries and criminal prosecutions of major organized criminal groups, as well as related crimes.

Since our origin in 1935, the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) has focused on preserving human life and protecting property within our communities. Our 1,100 members embody the core values of Honor, Duty, and Respect in their daily jobs.  In addition to our expertise in motor vehicle safety on the state’s roadways, the CSP is responsible for the Governor and other dignitaries’ protection, commercial motor vehicle enforcement, hazardous materials, homeland security, communications, investigative services, criminal interdiction, community education, aviation operations, and more. For additional information, visit us online at Colorado State Patrol or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, or Facebook.