Crime Rates Increase in Colorado While Decreasing in Neighboring States, According to Common Sense Institute Report

Crime Rates Increase in Colorado While Decreasing in Neighboring States, According to Common Sense Institute Report

The Common Sense Institute (CSI) released its November crime snapshot report, highlighting an increase in Colorado’s crime rates over the past decade, in contrast to its neighboring states. According to the CSI report, while Colorado experienced a 21.6% increase in overall crime from 2012 to 2022, neighboring states saw their crime rates drop by approximately 28% during the same period. Nationally, the crime rates decreased by 28.3%.

CSI Executive Director Kelly Caufield noted that Colorado’s crime rates not only surpassed those of neighboring states but also the national average. In recent rankings, Colorado has become third in the nation for property crime and eighth for violent crime.

Cale Gould, from the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority, provided a positive note, stating that auto thefts in Colorado have declined significantly in 2023. This improvement follows several years of increasing thefts. Gould attributes the decline to recent legislative changes that focus on aggravating factors in auto thefts, moving away from assessing the crime based solely on the vehicle’s dollar value. This shift in legislation is seen as a key deterrent contributing to the reduction in motor vehicle thefts in the state.

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