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Otero County, Colorado Crime Statistics

This page contains crime numbers for Otero County, Colorado. You can take a look at the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime figures over time, and see how Otero County compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records information for Otero County, Colorado, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 2001 and 2008 there were 4,136 total crimes reported in Otero County, Colorado (461 of them violent). Of the 517 crimes that happen every year in Otero County, nearly one-half occur less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Otero County, Colorado every 16 hours. This includes 3 murders, 70 rapes, and almost three thousand thefts (including 140 auto thefts).

Total Crime in Otero County, Colorado (2001-2008)

Please note that these figures do not include crime statistics for 1999 or 2000, as there were no data available for those years.

Crime Trends

Over the preceding 10 years, crime data were available in Otero County, Colorado for 8 years. During that time frame, reported crime in Otero County has grown by 24%. During the same interval, violent crime decreased by 15%. On the whole, the crime figures reflect a slight growth in crime over the last 8 years in Otero County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit almost six hundred for Otero County, Colorado in 2009.

Crime Trends in Otero County, Colorado (2001-2008)

Keep in mind that these graphs show reported crime numbers and certain sharp changes in crime figures might be the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in counties like Otero County, Colorado (2001-2008)

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Crime Data Information

Otero County, Colorado law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The data reported for Otero County conform to the FBI data quality guidelines. For more information, and a description of the statistical methods and data algorithms used by RecordsPedia, please visit our methodology section.