Safewise recently released its annual Safest Cities in Colorado Report for 2023, and Erie ranks 8th safest! Unfortunately, Colorado leads the nation in property crime per capita, with motor vehicle thefts representing 20 percent of those crimes. Safewise shared that based on survey results, Coloradoans have lower-than-average concerns about experiencing crime. Your police department knows all too well that owner apathy is problematic, especially in Erie, and is asking owners to take simple actions to decrease victimization. Recently, in the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 8, there were 5 vehicles trespassed in various neighborhoods; 4 had been left unlocked. The fifth’s window was smashed to gain entry; the valuables were in plain sight. Please lock your vehicles, and safely store valuables elsewhere.