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What's the Crime Rate in Colorado?

Aug 21, 2023|

As one of the fastest-growing states in the U.S., Colorado has a lot of fantastic advantages that attract new residents. If you love outdoor activities, beautiful weather, and a thriving cultural scene, Colorado is a great spot to live. Do Colorado residents also get to enjoy a low crime rate alongside the state's other perks? Keep reading to find out.

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An overview of the Colorado crime rate

In a typical year, Colorado has around 210,000 crimes. The majority of these crimes are property crimes, but the state also sees some violent crime. Crime reports reveal that the state has somewhat higher-than-average crime rates. For every 1,000 residents in the state, 36 crimes occur. This crime rate is well above the national average of 23 crimes per 1,000 residents.

If you live in Colorado, you have a 1 in 32 chance of encountering property crime and a 1 in 208 chance of encountering violent crime. There are 57 crimes committed per square mile of Colorado land. Compared to other states, Colorado is not the most dangerous region to live in, but it's not the safest, either.

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Crime in Colorado cities

You can expect to find drastically different crime rates throughout Colorado. Some cities are unusually safe while others have a higher-than-average crime rate. Here's what you need to know about crime in Colorado's biggest cities.

Denver, Colorado, crime rate

Denver has a property crime rate of 60 per 1,000 residents and a violent crime rate of 9 per 1,000 residents. This is almost double the average crime rate for the state as a whole. Crime rates are particularly high in the city center, as areas with many tourist attractions tend to attract a lot of crime.

Aurora, Colorado, crime rate

Aurora is known for its unusually high violent crime rate. While the city's property crime rate of 39 per 1,000 residents is in line with state averages, it has a significantly higher violent crime rate of 10 per 1,000 residents. The western side of Aurora tends to experience more crime than the rest of the city.

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Pueblo, Colorado, crime rate

Statistically speaking, Pueblo is one of the least safe major Colorado cities. Its violent crime rate of 12 per 1,000 residents is almost triple state averages. Pueblo also has a fairly high property crime rate of 57 per 1,000 residents.

Boulder, Colorado, crime rate

Boulder is one of the safest big cities in Colorado. The city has a violent crime rate of 4 per 1,000 residents, which is below state averages. Its property crime rate is higher than the state average at 40 per 1,000 residents but well below property crime rates in other large cities. Crime levels tend to be highest in the neighborhoods surrounding the University of Colorado.

Crime rate in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs' crime rates are slightly higher than state averages but lower than other large cities in the region. This city has a property crime rate of 32 per 1,000 residents and a violent crime rate of 5 per 1,000 residents. Other than some high-crime neighborhoods near the city center, Colorado Springs tends to be a safe place to live.

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Vehicle theft and other common crimes in Colorado

Colorado crime comes in many shapes and sizes. The state has everything from casual pickpockets to organized vehicle thieves. Here are some helpful details to know about common types of crime in Colorado.

Colorado motor vehicle theft

In the past year, over 46,000 people reported a stolen vehicle. Motor vehicle thefts in Colorado have more than doubled in the past five years. Roughly 5% of vehicle thefts involve gangs who steal cars for resale. About a fourth of stolen vehicles are not recovered by Colorado law enforcement, and recovery rates are especially low for high-end vehicles. Since Colorado experiences a high rate of vehicle theft, it's a good idea to be proactive and protect your car.

Colorado property crimes

In the past five years, property crime in Colorado has been on the rise. The state currently has a property crime rate of 31 crimes per 1,000 residents. About 29% of robberies occur in private residences, and 27% of robberies involve thieves taking things from parked vehicles. Burglary is another very common property crime, and 46% of burglaries target people's homes.

Reasons to get a Colorado home security system

Whether or not you're concerned about crime in Colorado, having an automated home security system is a smart move. Vivint provides a wide range of benefits for homeowners across the state, from Aurora to Boulder. With a Vivint home security system you’ll get:

  • Around-the-clock monitoring: With a security camera package from Vivint, you can keep an eye on your entire home no matter where you are. And with 24/7 monitoring, you can rest easy knowing our monitoring team is always there to check in if you aren’t available.
  • On-demand lighting: A smart lighting system can scare away burglars and make it look like you're home—even when you're not. Smart lights also make it easy to control lighting throughout your whole home without having to manually adjust a single switch.
  • Secure doorways: With smart locks, you never have to worry about leaving a door unlocked again. You can lock your doors automatically or remotely, so your home is always secure.
  • Safety alarms: Vivint's safety sensors can monitor everything from opened windows to unsafe carbon monoxide levels. You’ll receive alerts of unusual activity straight to your phone, so you always know if something's gone wrong.
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Take control of your security with Vivint's home automation systems

No matter where you live in Colorado, it's always wise to be prepared. A home security system can both deter criminals and help you if something does happen. Not only do Vivint products monitor security threats, but they also safeguard your possessions from fires, floods, and other disasters. To top it off, our convenient automation makes your life easier and less stressful.

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