Crime in Colorado

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This article describes crime in the U.S. state of Colorado.

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Statistics

In 2011, there were 151,125 crimes reported in Colorado. [1]

In 2008, there were 158,236 crimes reported in Colorado, including 156 murders, 141,107 property crimes, and 2,094 rapes. [2]

Capital punishment laws

Capital punishment is not applied in this state. [3]

Mass shootings

Two of the country's largest mass shootings have occurred in Colorado: the Columbine High School massacre in 1999 and the Aurora movie theater massacre in 2012. Other notable mass shootings in Colorado include the Colorado YWAM and New Life shootings in 2007, the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting in 2015, the National Western Complex shootout in Denver in 2016, and the most recent 2021 Boulder shooting in Boulder.

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References

  1. Colorado Crime Rate State of Colorado. Retrieved August 10, 2012
  2. Colorado Crime Rates Disaster Center. Retrieved August 10, 2012