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DENVER –The simple act of just locking your doors and removing the keys can prevent most auto thefts, yet 50 percent of all stolen cars have the keys in them, 40 percent of Coloradans leave their car unattended at some point and 35 percent of Coloradans don't know leaving a car running unattended is illegal, according to Coloradans Against Auto Theft.

"Breaking into a car takes seconds, so does preventing it," CAAT said.

That is the message from CAAT. During the month of July the organization, a coalition of law enforcement agencies, insurance partners, LoJack and AAA Colorado, is trying to raise awareness about auto theft.

Pueblo is the No. 1 city for auto thefts, according to CAAT. Colorado Springs is No. 2 and Aurora, Lakewood and Denver rank as the third hottest spots for car thefts.

The number of auto thefts in Denver is actually down, but recently the city has seen an increase of Hondas being stolen.

During May and June of 2014, 156 Civics and Accords were reported stolen in Denver. That is compared to 59 during the same time frame in 2013, according to Denver Police Department records.

Denver Police spokesperson, Sonny Jackson says Hondas from the 1980's and 90's were easier to get into and have interchangeable parts, making them easier and more desirable to steal.

Here are some tips from Denver Police on how to prevent your car from getting stolen:

  • Install a car alarm
  • Fix a locking device to a steering wheel, column or brake
  • Ensuring car doors are locked
  • Parking in well-lit areas
  • Don't leave keys or other valuables in your car
  • Never leave a running car unattended

CAAT also has auto-theft prevention tips on their website as well as information about the top ten stolen cars and an interactive "heat" map that shows auto-theft hot spots statewide.

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