In Denver, Kia is one of the top ten most stolen car brands.
Advances in security technology have made it much harder for thieves to steal your car. Using Tesla's Sentry mode, owners can even catch car thieves in the act and track their location. You have to be extremely unlucky to have your car stolen twice in one month, but that's exactly what happened to David Reiss in Denver.
Back in October, his 2018 Kia Sportage was stolen from his apartment garage in southeast Denver. "I didn't know what to think," Reiss told CBS Denver. "I had never experienced this before." Reiss liked his Sportage so much that he bought another 2018 model the following month. Just five days after owning it, his second Sportage was stolen from a parking garage at his workplace.
"And then my heart drops. 'Oh no,'" he said. "This can't happen again. It's so statistically unlikely you're going to get your car stolen twice in one month. I think part of my mistake was buying the same car, I should have gotten a different one." It's particularly unusual since Kia models don't typically top the list of America's most stolen cars. However, car thefts in Denver have risen significantly during the pandemic, with several Kia owners reporting thefts.
In October, car thefts increased by 50 percent compared to the same period in 2019. According to the City of Denver crime statistics, the number of stolen cars increased from 4,248 in 2019 to 6,394 this year. Denver police attribute this increased car crime to the economic challenges people are experiencing during the pandemic. With more people working from home, there are also more cars parked for extended periods for thieves to steal.
In Denver, Kia is one of the top ten most stolen car brands, followed by Hyundai, Subaru, Honda, Chevrolet pickups, and Ford pickups. While the F-150 is consistently the most popular vehicle in America, it's also the most stolen. In January, eight Kia models were stolen, but the rate increased to 74 Kias reported stolen in November. Police believe Kia cars are being targeted by thieves because they are easy to steal and easy to start.
Neither of Reiss' stolen Kias have been traced, but there is still hope since around 80 percent of cars in Denver are recovered within a few days. In the meantime, Reiss is driving a rental but is hesitant to buy another car. "I'm thinking I don't want to buy another car. I'm worried what's going to happen to the third one," he said. If he changes his mind, he says he will either buy a VW or a car with a push-button starter.