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Denver, Colorado Crime Statistics

This webpage contains crime figures for Denver, Colorado. You can examine the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime numbers over time, and see how Denver compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records resources for Denver, Colorado, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 303,095 total crimes reported in Denver, Colorado (35,726 of them violent). Of the 30,310 crimes that occur a year in Denver, almost half happen less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Denver, Colorado every 17 minutes. This includes 538 murders, 2,981 rapes, and nearly two hundred and four thousand thefts (including 62,715 motor vehicle thefts).

Crime Trends

During the previous 10 years, crime data were available in Denver, Colorado for all 10 years. Over that interval, reported crime in Denver decreased by 19 percent. Over that same time frame, violent crime increased by 13 percent. Overall, the crime numbers reveal a gradual decrease in crime over the last 10 years in Denver. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could fall to thirty thousand for Denver, Colorado in 2009.

Crime Trends in Denver, Colorado (1999-2008)

Remember that these graphs show reported crime figures and some step offs in crime numbers may be the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in cities like Denver, Colorado (1999-2008)

Visitors are cautioned against interpreting ranking data to determine 'how dangerous' a certain location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or differences in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual graph bars to see crime figures in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

Denver, Colorado law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The FBI has noted the following deviations from their data quality guidelines:

  • In 2005, because of changes in the state/local agency's reporting practices, figures are not comparable to previous years' data.
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