When: July 10, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Red Rocks Amphitheatre
§ Coloradans Against Auto Theft launches new public awareness campaign targeting popular Colorado summer venues
§ Law enforcement and community partners address concerns about how the hot summer weather tempts people to let down their guard and leave their windows cracked, providing an easy target for thieves
§ Auto theft spikes in summer months: July and August
§ 70% of all auto thefts in Colorado occur in the Denver Metropolitan Area
Visuals and Interview Opportunities:
Ø Carole Walker, CAAT; RMIIA: Introducing the Lockdown summer campaign focused on the implications of auto theft
Ø Red Rocks Spokesperson: Speaking to the benefits of being a community partner for the Lockdown campaign
Ø Tony DeNovellis, President of AAA Colorado: Sharing auto theft prevention tips Coloradans should be mindful of this summer when they are traveling around the state
Ø Denver Police Department, Commander Patrick Phelan: Speaking to auto theft trends and the current statistics in Denver
Ø Lockdown Car Visual: Obtain footage of one of the top stolen vehicles with personal information and valuable items on display to demonstrate how a thief can use items in your car to commit more serious crimes (e.g., finding your address in your glove box and using your garage door opener to gain entry to your home)
About Coloradans Against Auto Theft (CAAT):
Coloradans Against Auto Theft (CAAT) is a statewide auto theft prevention initiative to raise awareness about the problem and educate the public on what they can do to reduce their chances of falling victim to auto theft. CAAT is a coalition of law enforcement agencies, the Colorado State Patrol, insurance partners, LoJack and AAA Colorado. CAAT and the state auto theft task force efforts are funded in part by the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority (CATPA).