DENVER -- Rental cars have been disappearing from lots at Denver International Airport.
Four rental vehicles were reported stolen at airport rental facility lots over the past week, according to Denver Police Department incident reports. No arrests have been made.
So far this month, six vehicles were reported stolen from E-Z Rent-A-Car at DIA. Five were reported stolen from the airport's Advantage location in November. Another five were reported stolen from Enterprise. Police statistics show two vehicles were reported stolen from Budget. One each was reported stolen from Hertz and Avis at DIA in November.
The recent uptick is a small fraction of the problem at the airport, according to police statistics. Dozens of vehicles have been stolen from various airport lots over the past two years.
“I’ve never even heard of a rental car being stolen out of a rental lot,” a rental car customer said Tuesday.
On Saturday, three new vehicles were driven away from Advantage Car Rental’s lot, according to police. The theft led to one person being hit hit by the stolen vehicle resulting in serious injuries.
Advantage said it is taking steps to protect customers and employees.
“Safety of our customers and our employees is Advantage’s paramount concern. Our Denver facility remains safe as well as we have taken additional steps to protect our customers and employees," Advantage CEO Scott Davido said.
"The abhorrent event of violence was a reckless act by a criminal element. We are cooperating with local law enforcement and out of respect for their investigation we have no further comment at this time.”
On Sunday, a new luxury sedan was reported stolen at National Car Rental.
Witnesses told police the suspect followed closely behind another car at the exit. The suspect reportedly sped away soon after the security arm went into an upward position.
Police records show at least 96 vehicles have been reported stolen from car lots at DIA -- including rental car facilities -- this year.
In 2016, there were 132 vehicles reported stolen from DIA lots. That’s nearly one car every three days.
Airport officials said they meet regularly with police and rental car companies to share information to establish best practices aimed at preventing future theft.
Police were called to a rental car location on Thanksgiving after another person was hit and injured while a suspect reportedly tried to get away in a Jeep Wrangler.
No arrests have been made in the recent string of thefts. Anyone with information should call police.AlertMe