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What are Crime Rates in Colorado?


Violent crimes in Colorado were up slightly in 2011, while property crimes declined, according to data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports.

The rate of violent crime was 320.2 incidents per 100,000 people, an increase of 0.3 percent from the year prior. Specifically:

  • There were 149 murders in 2011, up from 129 in 2010.
  • Incidents of rape increased 2.2 percent to 2,278 incidents.
  • Robbery increased 4.5 percent to 3,306 incidents.
  • Aggravated assault decreased 1.5 percent to 10,650 incidents.

The rate of property crime was 2,606.3 incidents per 100,000, a decline of about 1.2 percent from the year prior.

  • Burglary declined 1.6 percent to 25,768 incidents.
  • Incidents of larceny/theft declined 1 percent to 96,546.
  • Motor vehicle theft decreased 2 percent to 11,047.

Colorado’s crime rates remain well below national averages.

Burglaries in Colorado

Burglaries accounted for more than 60 percent of the major offenses reported in 2011.

Of the more than 25,000 burglaries, forced entry was used in nearly half. About 42 percent were non-forced entry burglaries, while the remaining approximately 8 percent were attempted burglaries.

After several years of steep declines, the burglary rate in Colorado has remained relatively flat since 2008.

Crime in Colorado Cities and Towns

Curious about crime rates in your city or town? The chart below reveals the number of incidents of major crimes in the 10 most populous Colorado towns.

City Population Murder Rape Robbery Burglary
Denver 610,612 34 396 1,143 4,868
Colorado Springs 423,680 26 319 449 3,323
Aurora 330,740 9 183 504 2,144
Fort Collins 146,494 3 56 46 560
Lakewood 145,470 8 88 131 935
Thornton 120,841 0 50 50 513
Pueblo 108,452 12 40 173 1,590
Arvada 108,287 1 25 34 304
Westminster 107,962 4 34 48 397
Centennial 102,125 0 27 23 325

Now, check out numbers for the same crimes in the five towns with the smallest populations. Not a lot of bad things happen here. (Although for those in Lakeside, the likelihood of a burglary was 1 in 4.)

City Population Murder Rape Robbery Burglary
Lakeside 8 0 0 0 2
Campo 111 0 0 0 0
Black Hawk 120 0 0 1 1
Empire 287 0 0 0 2
Morrison 435 0 0 1 1

For data on other cities and town in Colorado, use this UCR link.

Benefits of a Home Security System

Home security systems have been proven to deter criminals. Check of the results of two important studies: a 2009 Rutgers University study or this 1998 study published in a respected journal. Security systems also provide peace of mind.

However, modern security systems offer far more than just burglar protection. They can be used to keep an eye on your children or turn lights on and off remotely. And they alert emergency officials in the event of a fire.

Home security systems are relatively affordable. The average homeowner can expect to pay about $1,000 to $2,000 for a hardwired system (not wireless) with motion detectors. Live monitoring costs start at $20 to $50 per month. Some of that expense will be recouped by the discount on your homeowner’s insurance for having an alarm - usually 15 percent to 20 percent.

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