Denver Woman Tracks Down Her Own Stolen Car When Police Don’t Show

When Denver police were unable to help a woman whose car was stolen on Monday, she took matters into her own hands, recovering her vehicle without police intervention.

When Holley Kaufman walked out of work to go home, she noticed that her car was missing. Luckily for Kaufman, her red Mazda was equipped with a tracker. She was able to track down the car’s location using the Mazda mobile app to a Safeway.

Getting a ride with someone she knew, Kaufman went to the location and called 911 dispatch.

“She [the dispatcher] is like, ‘Ma’am, you are going to put yourself in danger,’” Kaufman said. “She said they don’t have anyone on duty to help me right now, so I said, ‘OK, this is the address I’m going to be at, I’m going to be there in five minutes and you can either meet me or I’ll be getting my car.’”

Kaufman is no stranger to having her car stolen.

“In the past, I’ve had a vehicle stolen and they rip out your whole car, tear everything up, try to live in it and put drugs in it,” she said.

“I’m a working mom and it’s hard nowadays to make car payments,” she continued. “This is a car that I carry my 4-year-old son in, so I’m like, ‘This not happening in my car.’”

She by no means gave the carjacker an easy time. At one point Kaufman set off the car alarm and shut off the engine remotely using her mobile app.

After only 15 minutes, she found her car in the Safeway parking lot in good condition but did find some startling items. Among them were beer, a pipe and a Target receipt with returns.

Since the “Defund the Police” movement, Denver has been struggling to hire and keep officers. According to 9 News, the Denver Police Department’s (DPD) response times have gotten slower in the last few years. In 2022, the news outlet reported that police response times increased to almost 15 minutes more than in 2018 for just shootings.

The DPD warned that others should not try and get their cars back on their own, due to the potential danger it poses. Instead, they suggested that residents get their cars registered with the DenverTrack program if equipped with a GPS tracker. That way, it will help officers locate the stolen car faster — that is, if they are not all too busy.