The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) released the 2011 Crime in Colorado report through the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program on August 2, 2012.
The 2011 edition of Crime in Colorado reflects an overall decrease of 0.3% in the number of reported crimes throughout Colorado. In another snapshot of the report, there was a 2.4% decrease in violent crimes and a 0.6% decrease in property crimes.
Some areas showed an increase as the category of homicide jumped 20% in 2011 rising from 129 homicides in 2010 to 156 reported in 2011. However, in looking at the statistical trends for homicide, 2010 marked the lowest total of homicides in the past several years.
Incidents of forcible rape increased in 2011, marking the fourth consecutive year this crime has increased. In 2011, there were 2,236 reported forcible rapes throughout Colorado, a 3.1% rise from last year.
Once again, there was a decrease in the number of auto thefts reported across the state. In 2011, there were 10,938 reported auto thefts, a 0.8% decrease from 2010. This compares to more than 25,000 auto thefts reported at its peak in 2005.
“The Crime in Colorado report is a valuable resource for residents as it provides a comprehensive look at reported crime occurring throughout the state,” said CBI Director Ron Sloan.
The annual publication provides statewide crime and arrest information, major crime trends, local law enforcement statistics, and supplemental data on arson, hate crimes, domestic violence and homicide. A comparison of the reported statewide crimes and arrests is also available based on the forecasted population for the State of Colorado. The forecasted population totals are obtained from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), State Demography office.
In addition to the crime statistics, the Crime in Colorado Report honors officers killed in the line of duty during the year. The current report pays tribute to Limon police officer Jay Sheridan who was killed last year.
To view the report in its entirety visit: www.cbi.state.co.us then click on the link for Crime in Colorado under the resources tab.
Figures used in this report were submitted by law enforcement agencies throughout Colorado. CBI gathers this information to provide a universal document for these statistics to be accessed. CBI cannot offer analysis as to the reasons for changes in the rates crime; rather, those questions should be directed to individual law enforcement agencies.