Aurora proposes tougher penalties for car thieves in their city

AURORA, Colorado (KDVR) — Leaders in the city of Aurora, along with the Aurora Police Department, hosted a town hall meeting Saturday afternoon about a range of issues and changes the city hopes to bring.

One of the main topics that took up more than half of the meeting was how they fight car thieves in the city.

“We’re not going to have car thefts in Aurora. We will work on that,” said Mayor Pro Tem of Aurora Françoise Bergan.

She, along with other leaders in the city, proposed a new ordinance on motor vehicle theft, which will be considered before the city’s first hearing on June 27.

“Those people who steal vehicles go to jail for 60 days for their first offense and 120 days for a second offense,” Bergan explains.

Mayor Mike Coffman said car theft is the number one public safety concern for the city of Aurora. He said that it is not only a crime, but that it is also turning into an acceleration of criminal activity, especially among teenagers.

According to Coffman, it is the state leaders who are not punishing hard enough to allow repeat offenders.

“We have an increase in crime rates. The state legislature has relaxed so many penalties that we are not having the consequences these people are feeling,” Mayor Coffman said.

Mayor Coffman said they will host these cities on a monthly basis. The one held on Saturday, he said, was a test. Two of the 12 meetings will be held entirely in Spanish. The meeting scheduled for July is one of them.

The mayor said to check his social media for the next date at City Hall.