Connect with us

World

FBI data does not support Polis’ claim that Colorado is in ‘middle of the pack’ on crime

News Agencies

Published

on

Jan. 22—In his State of the State address Tuesday, Gov. Jared Polis claimed that Colorado falls in “the middle of the pack on crime rates.”

“Every person deserves a safe home and a safe community, and in three years I want Colorado to be closing in on our goal of becoming one of the top ten safest states,” he said. “Right now, Colorado falls in the middle of the pack on crime rates, but that’s not good enough.”

“We can and we must do better,” he added.

That declaration — that Colorado’s crime rate is somewhere in the middle — counters the narrative about crime, notably car theft, in the state.

Advertisement

So, is Colorado in the “middle of the pack” when it comes to crime?

Crime data from the FBI shows Colorado’s crime numbers are substantially higher than the national rate. The FBI’s database, however, does not include all law enforcement jurisdictions, potentially skewing the state’s rankings.

The FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) estimates the total violent crime rate for Colorado at 481 per 100,000 residents in 2021.

Advertisement

In contrast, NIBRS estimated the violent crime rate for the U.S. at 395.7 per 100,000 people in the same year, which means, using this database alone, Colorado’s crime rate is higher than the national average.

The FBI classifies homicide, aggravated assault, robbery and rape as violent crimes. NIBRS estimates total violent crime decreased by 1.7% from 2020 to 2021, mainly driven by an estimated drop in robberies.

Arkansas and Washington, D.C. had the highest estimated violent crime rates in 2021 — at 708.5 and 968.6, respectively — out of states included in the FBI’s estimates.

Advertisement

For property crime rate, NIBRS put Colorado’s number at 3,135.4 in the same year.

Sign up for free: Springs AM Update

Your morning rundown of the latest news from Colorado Springs and around the country overnight and the stories to follow throughout the day delivered to your inbox each evening.

Advertisement

Sign Up

View all of our newsletters.

Advertisement

Success! Thank you for subscribing to our newsletter.

View all of our newsletters.

The country’s property crime rate, on the other hand, stood at 1,933.4, according to NIBRS estimates.

Advertisement

Property crime includes burglary, larceny and theft and motor vehicle theft. The national estimated rate of motor vehicle thefts, a major concern for many, was 268.1.

In fact, only Washington D.C.’s property crime estimate — at 4,109.4 — was higher than Colorado’s out of states included in the database.

Although the FBI’s estimates show a decrease in property crime nationally from 2020 to to 2021, the estimated motor vehicle theft rate increased by 11.5%.

Advertisement

It’s difficult to draw definitive conclusions about where Colorado’s crime rates stand compared with other states because not all jurisdictions report their crime numbers to the FBI’s database.

In 2021, the most recent year for which annual crime statistics are available from the FBI, about 37% of law enforcement agencies in the U.S. did not report any data to the FBI’s NIBRS, which was also recently revised.

The agencies that did not report included New York City and Los Angeles, the biggest cities in the U.S. by population.

Advertisement

Law enforcement agencies’ participation in reporting statistics to the FBI is voluntary.

As of April 2022, only 19 states had fully transitioned to using NIBRS.

For data reported to the FBI covering January to September 2022 — the most recent report available for last year — the FBI declined to make estimates about regional or population-based trends in crime statistics because the agency did not receive data from about 36% of the country’s 18,964 law enforcement agencies.

Advertisement

“When a substantial amount of data is missing — like large volumes of crime data from the nation’s most heavily populated cities — there is a general concern that the data received may not represent what would be experienced if all data were received,” the FBI said on its website. “National crime trends are especially affected by agencies covering populations of 1,000,000 or more inhabitants.”

Polis’ office did not reply to a request for comment, or verification of the sources Polis used to make that estimate.

Advertisement
Continue Reading
Advertisement

Advertisement

Breaking News

Editor Pick’s

Latest Entertainment

Entertainment8 hours ago

Simu Liu, Lisa Ling, and more celebrities condemn Lunar New Year mass shooting in California

SOUL OF A NATION – 5/27/22 – ABC News groundbreaking Soul of a Nation returns with a special presentation, Together...

Entertainment9 hours ago

Travis Barker Debuts New Tattoo That Appears to Be of Kourtney Kardashian’s Eyes: ‘Oh Hey There’

https://www.instagram.com/p/CnsbbEOvgzQ/. Travis Barker/Instagram Travis Barker/Instagram Kourtney Kardashian is keeping her eyes on Travis Barker…forever. The Blink-182 drummer, 47, revealed a...

Entertainment9 hours ago

Pamela Anderson says Tommy Lee ‘lost it’ after she filmed kiss with ‘Baywatch’ co-star David Chokachi

Pamela Anderson is looking back on the havoc her relationship with then-husband Tommy Lee caused on the set of Baywatch....

Entertainment9 hours ago

Riley Keough, Lisa Marie Presley’s daughter, welcomed a daughter last year

Riley Keough welcomed a baby girl in 2022. (Photo: REUTERS/David Swanson) Riley Keough and her husband Ben Smith-Petersen welcomed a...

Entertainment12 hours ago

Anne Hathaway wanted to make Eileen as a reaction to a creepy question she got as a teenager

Anne Hathaway Director William Oldroyd’s Eileen just premiered last night at the Sundance Film Festival, and Anne Hathaway—who leads the film...

Entertainment12 hours ago

Lisa Marie Presley celebrated by Sarah Ferguson, Axl Rose, Austin Butler and more at Graceland memorial

Billy Corgan performs at the memorial service for Lisa Marie Presley at her Graceland memorial service on Sunday morning. (Photo:...

Entertainment12 hours ago

‘Avatar’ marks 6 straight weeks at No. 1, crosses $2 Billion

NEW YORK (AP) — James Cameron’s “Avatar: The Way of Water” led ticket sales in movie theaters for the sixth...

Entertainment13 hours ago

JoJo Siwa marks 2 years since she came out as gay: ‘I’m so proud of 17-year-old JoJo’

JoJo Siwa is marking two years since she came out. (Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images) JoJo Siwa is celebrating the second...

Advertisement

Latest Sports

Sports56 mins ago

Warriors’ Steve Kerr explains why it’s hard to play defense in NBA now

Warriors coach Steve Kerr explained the challenges of playing defense in the NBA right now.

Sports1 hour ago

An early look at the Eagles-49ers NFC Championship matchup

The Eagles and 49ers, the top two seeds in the NFC playoff bracket, will meet Sunday in Philadelphia for the...

Sports2 hours ago

There’s almost no separation in Super Bowl odds among NFL’s final 4 teams

Super Bowl odds show there isn't much separation between the final four teams.

Sports2 hours ago

Stefon Diggs makes quick exit from Bills locker room after playoff loss

Two years ago, after the Bills lost to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship, Buffalo receiver Stefon Diggs lingered on...

Sports3 hours ago

Aaron Rodgers trade could have ripple effect that impacts Bears’ offseason

The Bears won't be a suitor for Aaron Rodgers, but the Packers trading the star quarterback could have a ripple...

Sports3 hours ago

‘Send those refunds’: Burrow keeps his receipts

Buffalo had Joe Burrow and Cincinnati right where it wanted them. Then the reigning AFC champs and their confident quarterback...

Sports3 hours ago

Cowboys’ Pro Bowl RB Tony Pollard carted off field, ruled out vs. 49ers with ankle injury

Pollard was fitted with an air cast before leaving the field.

Sports4 hours ago

NHL best and worst: Financial jokes, an odd family moment and a viral broadcast clip

This week, we have a circus in Vancouver, some sage financial advice, and a touchdown pass in Buffalo in honour...

Technology Hot News

Technology4 days ago

Led by "Amazon" and "Microsoft" .. the technology giants are planning to lay off 64,000 employees

After 10 years of driving the stock market bull run, big tech companies are racing to downsize staff to adapt...

Technology5 days ago

Apple introduces MacBooks with new M2 processors

Yesterday, Tuesday, Apple unveiled MacBooks powered by the new, faster “M2 Pro” and “M2 Max” processor chips, in a surprise...

Technology5 days ago

All you need to know about the upcoming Galaxy S23 phones from Samsung

Samsung has officially announced that the (Galaxy Unpacked 2023) event will be held this year on Wednesday, February 1, which...

Technology5 days ago

FTX Exchange Announces Hacking and Stolen $415 Million in Cryptocurrency

Bankrupt American cryptocurrency firm FTX announced today, Wednesday, that $415 million in cryptocurrency has been hacked and stolen from the...

Technology5 days ago

Because of a "fraudulent tweet"… Elon Musk's trial begins

Elon Musk's trial began Tuesday in San Francisco with the selection of jury members who will have to decide whether...

Technology5 days ago

An electric spoon replaces salt and spices, but with conditions

Experts have developed an electric spoon that is able to replace spices and flavors and affect the taste buds in...

Technology1 week ago

The biggest dangers of using tracking devices.. so you can escape?

If you spot an unknown Bluetooth tagging device, there are ways to disable the device so it can't track your...

Technology1 week ago

New Twitter.. For You tab to web version

The Twitter platform announced that it will bring the new tab (For You), which launched last Tuesday for iPhones and...

Advertisement